Honda 1993 Accord Sedan Owners Manual


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Owner's Identification Form
Features & Safety ................................................................................................................................ 2
What you should know before driving your car.
Starting & Driving............................................................................................................................. 92
What gas to use, how to change gears, etc.
Maintenance .......................................................................................................................................110
The Required Maintenance Schedule and some items you can service.
Emergency Service .......................................................................................................................... 148
Changing a flat, jump starting, towing.
Specifications ................................................................................................................................... 158
Dimensions, weights and capacities.
Consumer Information .................................................................................................................... 160
Reporting Safety Detects, warranty service, vehicle identification numbers, etc.
Index ................................................................................................................................................ 169
Gas Station Information

This manual contains important information
operation and maintenance of your car.

about the


We urge you to read it carefully, become familiar with the controls it
describes, and follow its recommendations, to help make your
driving trouble-free and enjoyable.
Statements or labels on the product preceded by the following
words are of special significance:
indicates severe personal injury or death will result if
instructions are not followed.
indicates a strong possibility of severe personal
injury or death if instructions are not followed.
means hazards or unsafe practices which could
cause minor personal injury or product or property

gives helpful information.

Break-in Period
During the first 600 miles (1,000 km) of driving, avoid full throttle
starts and cruising for extended periods at a constant speed.

This break-in procedure also applies to exchanged or overhauled
During and after the break-in period, drive the car at moderate
speeds until the engine is fully warmed up.
During the first 200 miles (300 km), try to avoid severe braking.
Brake misuse during this period will reduce future braking efficiency,
Remember, your Honda Automobile dealer knows your car best,
and should be consulted for service assistance and advice.

Keys and Locks
Your car is supplied with a master VALET KEY
key that fits the ignition and all locks,
and a valet key that fits the ignition
and doors but not the trunk, trunk
remote release, rear seat trunk
access or glove box.
The valet key is provided for times
when you must leave the key with a
parking attendant or repair person,
but still want to keep valuables
safely locked-up.
Write down the numbers stamped on both keys and keep the
information in your wallet or purse in case you ever need to have
duplicates made. Both the master and valet keys are double-edged,
so you can insert them in the locks with either side up.
Door Locks
You can lock the doors by pushing the plunger down.
The doors must be unlocked before you can open them. The
passenger doors can be locked when open, and will stay locked
when you close them; the driver's door cannot be locked when
open unless you hold the door handle open. The front doors can be
locked and unlocked from the outside with the key.




Keys and Locks (cont'd)
Power Door Locks
(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)
All doors can be simultaneously locked and unlocked by operating
the master door lock switch located on each front door.



In addition, the passenger doors will lock automatically when the
plunger on the driver's door is pushed down, or when the driver's
door is locked from the outside with the key.


The trunk can be opened by pulling up the lever at the left side of
the driver's seat.
To open the trunk lid from the outside, put the master key in the
lock and turn clockwise. The trunk lid opener lever is lockable with
the master key.

Pull up


Keep the trunk lid closed while driving to keep poisonous carbon
monoxide exhaust fumes out of the interior; prolonged exposure
can cause unconsciousness that may lead to death.
Child Proof Door Locks
The child proof door locks are designed to prevent accidental opening of the rear doors. To activate
the locks, push down the lock tabs
located on each rear door, then
close the doors. When the rear
doors are locked in this way, they
can only be opened from the



Front Seat
Adjust the seat position by pulling up on the adjustment lever under
the front edge of the seat cushion, and sliding the seat to the
desired position. Then release the lever and make sure the seat is
locked in position by moving it back and forth.

Pull up
Pull up

The angle of the seat-back can be changed by pulling up on the lever
at the outside edge of the seat and leaning forward or back. Release
the lever and let the seat lock into place when it reaches the desired
Seat belts are most effective when the driver and passenger are
sitting up straight and well back in each seat.
Do not adjust the driver's seat while the car is moving; the seat
could move suddenly, causing loss of vehicle control.
To reduce the risk of sliding under the seat belts in a collision,
adjust the seat-backs to an upright position and sit well back in
the seat.

Front Seat Head Restraints
The head restraints are designed to help reduce injuries due to
whiplash. They are located at the top of each seat-back and have
several height positions. They can be adjusted by pulling up to the
recommended position. To lower them, slide the button next to the
restraint's height bar, while pushing the restraint down.
Adjust so the top of the restraint is approximately level with the
tops of your ears.
If a head restraint must be removed (for cleaning, fabric repair, etc.)
pull the restraint up to its highest position, then slide the button
while pulling the restraint out.
To reinstall, reverse the above procedure.


Do not drive the car with head restraints removed.
Do not try to adjust head restraints while driving.


Seats (cont'd)
Driver's Lumbar Support
(US: EX/SE, Canada: EX-R/SE)
Support of the lower back can be
adjusted by turning the knob on the
driver's armrest to give more or less

Do not try to adjust lumbar support
while driving. Make the adjustment
while sitting in your normal driving
position before driving away.

Driver's Seat Center Armrest
(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition,
Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)
The angle of the driver's armrest on
the driver's seat adjusts to five
positions. To lower the armrest,
push the button on the driver's side
of the armrest and lower the


Do not try to adjust the armrest
while driving. Make the adjustment
before driving away.

Rear Seat Armrest
(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition,
Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)
The rear seat armrest is located at
the center of the rear seat-back and
can be used by pulling the tab out.

Pull out

Trunk Access from Rear Seat
The rear seat-back can be released by turning the lock on the rear
shelf with the master key and pulling down the top of the seat-back.
This allows you access to the trunk and makes it possible to carry
long objects inside the car.
The rear seat-back can also be released from inside the trunk by
pulling the release.




Passengers or pets must not sit on the folded portion of the rear
Make sure any luggage or cargo within the trunk, or extending
through the rear seat trunk access is secured.
Make sure the seat-back latches engage securely when the
seat-back is returned to its normal position.
Weight limits shown on the label located on the driver's door
jamb must be observed. The total weight of passengers and
cargo must not exceed the total weight limit on the label.
Do not store any items on the shelf behind the rear seat; they
may become dangerous projectiles in a collision.
Store any luggage or cargo in the trunk. If you are carrying more
items than will fit in the trunk, use the floor space between the
front and rear seats.
Make sure both rear shoulder belts are positioned in front of the
rear seat-backs whenever the seat-backs are in their upright
When closing the rear seat trunk access, push the seat-back firmly
into place, then pull on the top of the seat-back to make sure it is

Your Occupant Protection System
Your Accord is equipped with seat belts and other features that
work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash.
Seat belts are the most important part of your occupant protection
system. When worn properly, seat belts can reduce the chance of
serious injury or death in a crash.
For added protection during a severe frontal collision, all Accords
have a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with a driver's airbag.
The SE model also has a passenger's airbag.
Two indicator lights are also part of your safety system. One
reminds you to make sure you and your passengers wear your seat
belts. The other alerts you to a possible problem with your
supplemental restraint system (see page 22 ).
The seats, head restraints, and door locks also play a role in
occupant safety. For example, reclining your seat-back can
decrease the effectiveness of your seat belt. Head restraints can
help protect your neck and head, especially during rear-end impacts.
Door locks help keep your doors from being accidentally opened
during a crash.
To get the maximum protection from your occupant protection
system, check the following before you drive away:
Everyone in the car is wearing a seat belt properly (see page 13 ).
Infants and small children are properly secured in child safety
seats (see page 27 ).
All doors are closed and locked (see page 25 ).
Seat-backs are upright and head restraints are properly adjusted
(see page 24 ).
There are no loose items that could be thrown around and hurt
someone during a crash or sudden stop (see page 25 ).
By following these guidelines, you can reduce injuries to yourself
and your passengers in many crash situations. Remember, however,
that no safety system can prevent all injuries or deaths that can
occur in severe crashes.

The Seat Belt System and How It Works
Why Wear Seat Belts
Wearing seat belts, and wearing them properly, is fundamental to
your safety and the safety of your passengers.
During a crash or emergency stop, seat belts can help keep you
from being thrown against the inside of the car, against other
occupants, or out of the car.
Of course, seat belts cannot completely protect you in every crash.
But, in most cases, seat belts reduce your chance of serious injury,
and can even save your life. That is why many states and all
Canadian provinces require you to wear seat belts.
Not wearing a seat belt increases the chance of being killed or
seriously hurt in a crash.
Be sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts and wear
them properly.
Important Safety Reminders
Seat belts are designed for adults and larger children. All infants and
small children must be properly restrained in child safety seats (see
page 27 ).
A pregnant woman needs to wear a seat belt to protect herself and
her unborn child (see page 18 ).
Two people should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they
could be very seriously injured in a crash.
Do not place the shoulder portion of a lap/shoulder belt under your
arm or behind your back. This could increase the chance of serious
injuries in a crash.
Do not put shoulder belt pads or other accessories on seat belts.
They can reduce the effectiveness of the belts and increase the
chance of injury.


The Seat Belt System and How It Works (cont'd)
Seat Belt System Components
Your Accord has seat belts in all five seating positions. The front
seats and the outside positions of the rear seat have lap/shoulder
belts. The center position of the rear seat has a lap belt.
Your seat belt system also includes a light on the instrument panel
to remind you to fasten your seat belt, and to make sure your
passengers fasten theirs. This light comes on when you turn on the
ignition if you have not fastened your seat belt. A beeper also
sounds for several seconds (see page 39 ).
The following pages cover more about the seat belt components
and how they work.
Lap/Shoulder Belt
This style of seat belt has a single belt that goes over your shoulder,
across your chest, and across your hips.
Each lap/shoulder belt has an emergency locking retractor. In normal
driving, the retractor lets you move freely in your seat while it
keeps some tension on the belt. During a collision or sudden stop,
the retractor automatically locks the belt to help restrain your body.






Lap Belt
The lap belt has one manually-adjusted belt that fits across the hips.
It is similar to safety belts used in airplanes.




Wearing Seat Belts Properly
You can increase the effectiveness of your seat belts if you take a
little time to read the following pages and make sure you know how
to wear seat belts properly.
Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash.
Be sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts and wear
them properly.


The Seat Belt System and How It Works (cont'd)
Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt
Before putting on a front seat belt, be sure your seat is adjusted
forward or backward to a good driving or riding position and the
back of your seat is upright (see page 24 ).
1. Pull the latch plate across your body and insert it into the buckle.
Tug on the belt to make sure the latch is securely locked.

2. Check that the belt is not twisted.
3. Position the lap portion of the belt as low as possible across your
hips, not across your stomach. This lets your strong pelvic bones
take the force of a crash.

4. Pull up on the shoulder part of the belt to remove any slack. Make
sure the belt goes over your collarbone and across your chest.

5. If the belt crosses your neck, you need to adjust the belt anchor
height or your seating position.
Front seats: Adjust the belt anchor by squeezing the t w o
buttons and sliding the anchor downward (it has
four positions).
Rear seat:

Move toward the center of the seat until the belt
fits over your collarbone.



The Seat Belt System and How It Works (cont'd)
To unlatch the seat belt, push the red PRESS button on the buckle.
Guide the belt across your body to the door pillar. If the belt doesn't
retract easily, pull it out and check for twists or kinks.

Wearing the Lap Belt
1. Pull the latch plate across your hips and insert it into the buckle
marked CENTER.
If the belt is too short, hold the latch plate at a right angle and pull
to extend the belt. Insert the latch plate into the buckle.

2. Position the belt as low as possible across your hips and pelvic
bones, not across your stomach. Pull the loose end of the belt to
adjust for a snug but comfortable fit.

To unlatch the belt, push the red PRESS button on the buckle.


The Seat Belt System and How It Works (cont'd)
Advice For Pregnant Women
Protecting the mother is the best way to protect her unborn child.
Therefore, a pregnant woman should wear a properly-positioned
seat belt whenever she drives or rides in a car.
If possible, use a lap/shoulder seat belt, remembering to keep the lap
portion as low as possible (see page 14). Each time you have a
check-up, ask your doctor if its okay for you to drive and how you
should position a lap/shoulder seat belt.

Seat Belt Maintenance
For safety, you should check the condition of your seat belts
Pull out each belt fully and look for frays, cuts, burns, and wear.
Check that the latches work smoothly and the lap/shoulder belts
retract easily. Any belt not in good condition or not working
properly should be replaced.
If a seat belt is worn during a crash, have your dealer replace the
belt and check the anchors for damage.
If your seat belts get dirty, you can use a soft brush with a mixture
of mild soap and warm water to clean them. Do not use bleach, dye,
or cleaning solvents. They can weaken the belt material. Let the
belts air-dry before you use the car.
Dirt build-up in the metal loops of the seat belt anchors can cause
the belts to retract slowly. Wipe the inside of the loops with a clean
cloth dampened in isopropyl alcohol.

Supplemental Restraint System
All Accords are equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System
(SRS) to help protect your head and chest during a severe frontal
collision. This system does not replace your seat belt. It supplements, or
adds to, the protection offered by your seat belt.
The system on the SE model also includes a front passenger's airbag.

Not wearing a seat belt increases the chance of serious injury or
death in a crash, even if you have an airbag.
Be sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts and wear
them properly.







The main components in your SRS are:
An airbag in the steering wheel for the driver.
(On SE model)
An airbag in the dashboard for the front passenger.
A diagnostic system that, when the ignition is ON (II), continually
monitors the sensors, control unit, airbag activator, and all related
An indicator light to warn you of a possible problem with the
Emergency power backup in case your car's electrical system is
disconnected in a crash.

Supplemental Restraint System (cont'd)
Important Safety Reminders


Even with an airbag, you need to wear a seat belt. The reasons are:
Airbags only inflate in severe frontal collisions. They offer no
protection in rear impacts, side impacts, rollovers, or moderate
frontal collisions.
An airbag inflates and deflates very quickly. It cannot protect you
during any additional impacts that can occur during a crash.
A seat belt helps keep you in the proper position when an airbag
inflates. An airbag opens with considerable force and can hurt you
if you are not in the proper position.

How the Driver's Airbag Works
If you ever have a severe frontal collision, your airbag will instantly
inflate to help protect your head and chest.
When the airbag inflates, you may hear a fairly loud noise and you
might see smoke and powder. This is normal; it is caused by the
inflation of the airbag.

To do its job, the airbag inflates with considerable force. So, while it
can reduce serious injuries and even save your life, the airbag might
cause some facial or other abrasions.
After the bag completely inflates, it immediately starts deflating so
it won't interfere with your visibility, ability to steer, or ability to
operate other controls.

The airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel. For safety,
do not attach any items to the steering wheel. They could interfere
with the proper operation of the airbag. Or, if the airbag inflates,
they could be propelled inside the car and hurt someone.


Supplemental Restraint System (cont'd)
How the Passenger's Airbag Works (SE)

If you ever have a severe frontal collision, the passenger's airbag will
inflate at the same time as the driver's airbag.
This airbag is quite large and inflates with considerable force. It can
seriously hurt an adult who is not in the proper position and wearing
the seat belt properly. The bag's force could also hurt a small child
who is not properly restrained in a child seat.
Because of the airbag, we strongly recommend that you do not put
an infant seat in the front passenger's seat. If the airbag inflates, it
can dislodge the infant seat and seriously injure the infant.


How the SRS Indicator Light Works

The purpose of the SRS light on your instrument panel is to alert
you of a potential problem with your supplemental restraint system.
Have the system checked if:
The light does not come on when you turn the ignition ON (II).
The light stays on after the engine starts.
The light comes on or flashes while you are driving.

System Service
Your supplemental restraint system is virtually maintenance-free.
There are no parts you can safely service.
You must have the system serviced by an authorized Honda dealer:
If your airbag ever inflates. The bag must be replaced. Do not try
to remove or discard the airbag by yourself. This must be done by
a Honda dealer.
If the SRS indicator light alerts you of a problem. Have the
supplemental restraint system checked as soon as possible.
Otherwise, your airbag might not inflate when you need it.
When the car is ten years old. Have the dealer inspect the
system. The production date is on the left rear door jamb for your
System Service Precautions
Do not modify your steering wheel or any other part of the
supplemental restraint system. Modifications could make the
system ineffective.
Do not tamper with the system components or wiring. This could
cause the airbag to inflate inadvertently, possibly injuring someone
very seriously.
Tell anyone who works on your car that you have a supplemental
restraint system. Failure to follow the procedures and precautions in
the official Honda service manual could result in personal injury or
damage to the system.
Scrapping an entire car that has an uninflated airbag can be
dangerous. Get assistance from a Honda dealer if your car must be
If you sell your car, please be sure to tell the new owner that the car
has a supplemental restraint system. Alert them to the information
and precautions in this part of the owner's manual.

Additional Safety Information
Your seat belts and airbag are obviously important parts of your
occupant protection system.
In addition, you should know that sitting upright, adjusting the head
restraints to the proper positions, locking the doors, and stowing
things properly can increase your safety and possibly even save
your life.
Seat-back Position
The seat-backs should be in an upright position for you and your
passengers to get the most protection from the seat belts.
If you recline a seat-back, you will reduce the protective capability
of your seat belt. The farther a seat-back is reclined, the greater the
risk that you will slide under the belt in a severe crash and be very
seriously injured.
For information on how to adjust the seat-back, see page 6.
Head Restraint Position
Head restraints can help protect you from whiplash and other
injuries. For the best protection, the top of the head restraint should
be even with the top of your ears, or as high as possible. For
instructions on how to adjust the head restraints, see page 7.

Door Locks
It is not safe to leave your car doors unlocked. A passenger,
especially a child, could open a door and accidentally fall out. Also,
there is a greater chance of being thrown out of the car during a
crash when the doors are not locked.
Storing Cargo Safely
Before you drive, make sure you first securely store or tie down any
items that could be thrown around the car and hurt someone, or
interfere with your ability to operate the controls.
Do not put any items on top of the rear shelf. They can block your
view and they could be thrown about the car in a crash.
Be sure to keep compartment doors closed when the car is moving.
If a front passenger hits the door of an open glove box, for example,
he could injure his knees.


Additional Safety Information (cont'd)
Driving With Pets
Loose pets can be a hazard while you are driving. An unrestrained
pet can interfere with your ability to drive the car. In a crash or
sudden stop, loose pets or cages can be thrown around inside the
car and hurt you or your passengers. It is also for their safety that
pets should be properly restrained in your car.
The recommended way to restrain a medium-sized or larger dog is
with a special traveling harness. This harness can be secured to the
rear seat with a seat belt. Travel harnesses are available at pet
A small dog, cat, or other small animal will be safest in a pet carrier
with rigid sides. Choose a style that allows you to secure it to the
car's seat by routing a seat belt through the carrier's handle.
For further information, contact your veterinarian or local animal
protection society.

Child Safety
Children depend on adults to protect them. To help make sure we
do, every state and Canadian province has laws requiring infants
and young children to be properly restrained whenever they ride in a
An infant or child who is not properly restrained can be killed or
seriously injured in a crash.
Be sure any child too small for seat belts is properly secured in a
child restraint.
Where Should Children Sit?
According to accident statistics, children of all sizes and ages are
safer when they are properly restrained in the rear seat rather than
the front seat.
We recommend that, whenever possible, you secure your child's
infant or toddler seat in the center position of the rear seat with the
lap belt.
For cars with passenger airbags, we strongly recommend that you
do not put an infant seat in the front passenger seat. If the airbag
inflates, it can hit the seat with great force. The infant seat can be
dislodged and the baby seriously injured.
We also recommend that any child who is too large to use an infant
or toddler seat ride in one of the outside positions of the rear seat.
The child should then wear the lap/shoulder belt properly for


Child Safety (cont'd)
Important Safety Reminders
Never hold a baby or child on your lap when riding in a car. If you are
wearing your seat belt, the violent forces created during a crash will
tear the child from your arms. The child could be seriously hurt or
If you are holding a child and not wearing a seat belt in a crash, you
could crush the child against the inside of the car.
Never put your seat belt over yourself and a child. During a crash,
the belt could press deep into the child, causing serious internal
Two children should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they
could be very seriously injured in a crash.
If you are driving with small children in the car, you should use the
childproof door locks to prevent them from opening the rear doors
(see page 5 ).
General Guidelines for Restraining Children Under 40 Pounds
Use an approved child seat. The seat must meet Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard 213 (FMVSS-213) or Canadian Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards. Look for the manufacturer's statement of
compliance on the box and seat.
Use a seat of the right size. Make sure the seat fits your child. Check
the seat's instructions and labels for height and weight limits.
Secure the child seat to the car. All approved child seats are designed
to be secured in the car seat by the lap belt or the lap belt portion of
a lap/shoulder belt. A child whose seat is not properly secured to
the car can be endangered in a crash.
To properly route a seat belt through a child seat, follow the seat
maker's instructions. If you use a lap/shoulder belt, be sure you
install a locking clip on the belt (see page 32 ).
Secure the child in the child seat. Make sure the infant or child is firmly
secured to the child seat. Use the straps provided, and carefully
follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Restraining an Infant Who Weighs Less Than 20 Pounds (9 kg)
An infant up to about 20 pounds (9 kg) must be restrained in an
infant seat or a convertible seat designed for a baby. Because
infants must ride in a reclining position, be sure the infant seat
always faces the REAR of the car as shown.
We recommend that, whenever possible, you put the infant seat in
the center position of the rear seat and secure it to the car with the
lap belt.
If you decide to put an infant seat in any other seating position, you
must use a locking clip with the car's lap/shoulder belt (see page
32 ).
Special Precaution for SE models

We strongly recommend that you do not put an infant seat in the
front passenger's seat.
In a severe frontal collision, the inflating airbag can hit the infant
seat with considerable force.
The infant seat can be dislodged, causing serious injury to the infant.


Child Safety (cont'd)
Restraining a Child Who Weighs Between 20 and 40 Pounds
(9 — 18 kg)

Toddler seats are designed for children who weigh between 20 and
40 pounds (9 — 18 kg). The preferred place to put a toddler seat is
the center position of the rear seat. Use the car's lap belt to secure
the seat to the car.
If you decide to put a toddler seat in any other seating position, you
must use a locking clip with the lap/shoulder belt (see page 32 ).

Restraining a Child Who Weighs Over 40 Pounds (18 kg)
We recommend that, whenever possible, a child who has outgrown
a toddler seat ride in one of the outside positions of the rear seat
and use a lap/shoulder belt.
Put the lap/shoulder belt on your child and check its fit. The
shoulder belt should fit over the collarbone and across the chest.
The lap belt should sit low on your child's hips, not across the

If the shoulder belt crosses the neck, have your child move toward
the center of the rear seat until the belt fits properly. If the belt still
crosses the child's neck, you should use a booster seat.
Several styles of booster seats are available. We recommend a
design that allows the child to use the car's lap/shoulder belt.
Whatever style is used, follow the booster seat manufacturer's


Child Safety (cont'd)
Using a Seat Belt Locking Clip
Always use a seat belt locking clip when you secure a child seat to
your car with a lap/shoulder seat belt. This helps prevent a child
seat from shifting position or overturning.
A locking clip is usually included with the child seat. If you need a
clip, contact the seat's manufacturer or a store that sells child
To install a locking clip, do the following:
1. Place the child restraint in the desired position. Route the lap/
shoulder belt through the restraint according to the seat
manufacturer's instructions.
2. Insert the latch plate into the buckle. Pull on the shoulder part of
the belt to make sure there is no slack in the lap portion.
3. Tightly grasp the belt near the latch plate. Pinch both parts of the
belt together so they won't slip through the latch plate. Unbuckle
the seat belt.

4. Install the locking clip as shown. Position the clip as close as
possible to the latch plate.
5. Insert the latch plate into the buckle. Push and pull on the child
seat to verify that it is held firmly in place. If it is not, repeat these
steps until the restraint is secure.

Using Child Restraints With Tethers
Your Honda has three attachment points for tether-style child seats.
Remove the plug cover from the attachment points shown in the
illustration, then install the tether hardware that came with the child
seat. Tighten the bolt to:
22 N.m(2.2 kg-m , 16 Ib-ft)

If you are not sure how to install the bracket, have it installed by
your Honda dealer.
If you need an anchor plate and mounting hardware, you can obtain
them by writing to:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Consumer Affairs
1919 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501-2746
Canadian Cars
The anchor plate and mounting hardware for a top tether are
supplied with the car. When installing, make sure the toothed
washer is on the bottom of the bolt.
The supplied anchor plate is designed only for mounting a child
restraint. Do not use it for any other purpose.
Storing a Child Seat
When you are not using an infant seat or other child restraint, either
remove it or make sure it is properly secured so it cannot be thrown
around the car during a crash.

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Anti-lock Brakes
(US: EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX-RISE)
Your car has an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS). This system helps
you to maintain stopping and steering control. It does this by helping
to prevent the wheels from locking up and skidding.
The ABS is always " O N " . It requires no special effort or driving
technique. You will feel a pulsation in the brake pedal when the ABS
Activation varies with the amount of traction your tires have. On
dry pavement, you will need to press on the brake pedal very hard
before you feel the pedal pulsation that means the ABS has
However, you may feel the ABS activate immediately if you are
trying to stop on snow or ice.
Under all conditions, the ABS is helping to prevent the wheels from
locking so you can retain steering control. You should continue to
press on the brake pedal with the same force.
You may feel a slight movement of the brake pedal just after you
start the engine. This is the ABS working.
The ABS is self-checking. If
anything goes wrong, the ABS
indicator on the instrument panel
comes on (see page 41 ). This
means the Anti-lock function of the
braking system has shut down. The
brakes still work like a conventional
system providing normal stopping ability. You should have the
dealer inspect your car as soon as possible.


The ABS works by comparing the speed of the wheels. When
replacing tires, use the same size originally supplied with the car.
Tire size and construction can affect wheel speed and may cause
the system to work inconsistently.
A car with an ABS may require a longer distance to stop on loose or
uneven surfaces than an equivalent car without ABS. The ABS
cannot make up for road conditions or bad judgment. It is still your
responsibility to drive at reasonable speeds for weather and traffic
conditions, and to leave a margin of safety.

Be careful not to damage the wiring or the speed sensors at the
back of each wheel when removing mud or snow from the wheel

Instrument Panel
(Except US: DX)
Canada: EX-R/SE)











US Car Shown:




Trans. only) COOLANT



US Cars:
The speed is indicated in miles per hour (outer scale) and kilometers
per hour (inner scale).
Canada Cars:
The speed is indicated in kilometers per hour (outer scale) and miles
per hour (inner scale).
The numbers on the odometer indicate miles (US Cars) or
kilometers (Canadian Cars).
The odometer registers total distance traveled, and serves as your
guide for determining when periodic maintenance is due.
US Cars:
Federal law makes it illegal to alter the odometer of any motor
vehicle with the intent to change the number of miles indicated.
Trip Meter
The numbers on the trip meter indicate miles (US Cars) or
kilometers (Canadian Cars).
The trip meter can be returned to zero by pushing in the reset
button. Use it for checking fuel consumption or distance traveled
per trip.
The tachometer indicates engine speed in revolutions per minute.
The beginning of the RED ZONE indicates the maximum allowable
engine R.P.M. Do not run the engine with the tachometer indicator
needle in the RED ZONE.
Fuel Gauge
Approx. 64.5 (17.04 US gal, 14.19 Imp gal)
As a convenience, the gauge continues to show the same fuel level
as when the ignition was last on. After refueling, the gauge will
slowly change to the new fuel level when the ignition is switched on.
When the needle first indicates E (empty), you have a usable
reserve left in the tank of about:
4 (1.1 US g a l , 0.9 Imp gal)

Coolant Temperature Gauge
Do not remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot. The
coolant is under pressure and may blow out and scald you.
This gauge shows the temperature of the engine coolant. During
normal operation, the needle should stay in the middle of the white
range. Under severe driving conditions, such as hot weather or
driving uphill for a long period, the needle may rise toward the upper
section of the white range.
If the needle reaches the red line at " H " (Hot), pull safely off the
road and stop the engine.
Wait until the engine is cool and check the coolant level in the
reserve tank on the passenger side of the radiator under the hood.
(See pages 122 — 123.)

Warning and Indicator Lights
US Car

Shift Lever Position Indicator (Automatic Transmission only)
A lighted indicator between the fuel and coolant temperature
gauges shows which gear you have selected.
D4 Indicator Light (Automatic Transmission only)
The D4 indicator light in the instrument panel also serves a second
function. If the light flashes while driving (in any gear range) it
indicates a possible malfunction in the transmission; avoid rapid
acceleration and have the transmission checked by an authorized
Honda dealer as soon as possible.
Turn Signal and Hazard Warning Indicators
When the turn signal lever is pushed for left or right turns, the
appropriate green indicator arrow on the instrument panel will blink
along with the signal. Pushing the hazard warning switch will make
all turn signals and both arrows blink (see page 49 ).
High Beam Indicator
This blue indicator light will go on whenever the high beams are
switched on (see page 49 ).
(Canada Cars)
It will also go on with a reduced brightness when the Daytime
Running Lights (DRL) are on (see page 51 ).

Cruise Control Indicator (Except US: DX)

When the cruise control system is on, this indicator light is on (see
pages 52 and 53 ).

Seat Belt Reminder Light
The seat belt reminder light comes on if the driver's seat belt is not
fastened, when the ignition switch is turned on. It stays on until the
driver fastens his seat belt. (See page 12 )
Charging System Light
The charging system light comes on when there is a problem with
the electrical charging system or when the ignition switch is turned
on with the engine not running. If the light comes on while driving,
get off the road, stop the car and turn off the ignition. Then check
the alternator belt for proper tension.
To check the belt tension, push with about 98 N (22 Ib) of force on
the middle of the belt as shown. The belt should deflect about:
10 — 12 mm (0.4 — 0.5 in)

If the engine has been running, some engine components may
be hot enough to burn you.
Keep hands away from the radiator fan. The fan may start
automatically without warning and run for up to 15 minutes,
even after the engine is turned off.

If necessary, have the charging system checked by an authorized
Honda dealer.


Warning and Indicator Lights (cont'd)

Malfunction Indicator Lamp
Check Engine Light
This light comes on for a couple of seconds each time the ignition is
turned on. It will also come on, and remain on, if there is a
malfunction in the emission control system. If the light comes on
while driving, avoid driving at high speed, and have the system
checked by a Honda dealer as soon as possible.
Low Oil Pressure Light
A severe fluctuation in engine oil pressure will cause this light to
flash on and off. You should pull safely off the road and stop the car.
When the engine has cooled down, check the oil level, and add oil if
The low oil pressure light will come on, and remain on, if there is
insufficient oil pressure or when the ignition switch is turned on
with the engine not running. If the light should come on while driving,
get the car off the road as soon as you can, turn the engine off and
check the engine oil level (see page 117).
Even if the oil level is correct, the engine should be checked by a
Honda dealer before the car is driven again.

The low oil pressure light will only light as a result of low oil pressure.
It is not directly an oil level indicator.

Running the engine while the low oil pressure light is on constantly
may cause immediate and severe engine damage.


Parking Brake and Brake System Light

Check this light every time you start the car.
With the parking brake set, this light should go on when the ignition
switch is turned to II or III. With the parking brake released, the light
should go on for a few seconds when the ignition switch is turned
to III. If the light goes on at any other time, it means the brake fluid
level in the master cylinder reservoir is too low; add fluid (see page
126) and have your dealer check for leaks immediately.

Low Fuel Indicator
If this indicator glows, it means you should refuel, because the tank
contains less than:
8.0 (2.11 US g a l , 1.76 Imp gal)


Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Indicator
(US: EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX-R/SE)

The ABS indicator will come on, and remain on, if there is a
malfunction in the ABS or when the ignition switch is turned on
with the engine not running. If the light comes on while driving, stop
the car at a safe place and shut off the engine. If the light does not
go out or lights again while driving, have the system checked by an
authorized Honda dealer as soon as possible.
The light does not indicate a failure of the normal brake system.
The light only indicates a malfunction in the ABS. In such a case,
the ABS is automatically shut down but normal braking capability
After jump-starting the car, there is a possibility that the ABS
indicator may come on due to insufficient battery voltage. After
the battery is sufficiently recharged and the engine is turned off
and restarted, the ABS indicator should indicate that the ABS is
OK, by coming on for a few seconds each time the engine is
started. If the indicator remains on after recharging, have it
checked by a Honda dealer.


Warning and Indicator Lights (cont'd)

Supplemental Restraint System Indicator

When the key is turned to the II position, the SRS indicator will
come on for about six seconds, to show normal system operation,
and then turn off.
See Supplemental Restraint System section on page 19-23.


"Daytime Running Lights" Indicator
(Canada Cars)

This indicator light comes on when the ignition switch is ON
(position II), the headlight switch OFF, and the parking brake set.
This indicates that the "Daytime Running Lights" are off. The
indicator light goes off when the parking brake is released. If the
parking brake is reapplied without switching the ignition off, the
indicator light will remain off. See page 51.
If the light does not go off when the parking brake is released with
the ignition ON, or if it comes on while driving, it indicates a burntout high-beam bulb.
Have the bulb checked and replaced by your Honda dealer.

Safety Indicator Lights :

Door and Trunk Lid Warning Lights
If a door or the trunk lid is open when the ignition is switched on,
the appropriate indicator will light, and stay lit, until the door or
trunk lid is closed.

Brake Lamp Warning Light

If a brake light does not work, the BRAKE LAMP indicator will
go on when you push the brake pedal with the ignition on; the
indicator will stay on until you have the lamp repaired or replaced.
Have the brake lights checked as soon as possible.
It is hazardous to drive your car with a problem in either the brake
electrical or hydraulic system; have your dealer check both
systems if you suspect brake trouble.
Checking the Safety Indicator Lights
The door, trunk lid and brake lamp warning lights should come on for
about two seconds when the ignition switch is turned on. If they
don't, have the system checked by a Honda dealer.

Maintenance Indicator
When the total mileage of your car approaches the specified
maintenance interval for engine oil change, oil filter change or other
required service, the indicator will change from green to yellow. The
indicator will change to red if it is not reset before you reach the
mileage interval. The indicator marked MAINTENANCE REQUIRED is
to be used as a reminder that there are items in addition to the
engine oil and filter that require service each 7,500 miles (12,000
km). See the maintenance schedule on page 112. After the
maintenance is done, be sure to reset the switch below the
tachometer by inserting the ignition key in the slot. The color of the
indicator will change to green and repeat its cycle.



Do not reset the maintenance indicator while driving; your hand
may impair steering which can result in an accident.

Tilt Steering
The steering wheel position can be adjusted to suit the driver
1. Push the lever located under the
dash, on the left side of the
steering column, all the way down
and hold it while adjusting the
steering wheel to the desired

Push down

2. Hold the steering wheel in the
desired position and pull the lever
all the way up to lock it in place.

Pull up

Do not adjust the steering wheel position while driving.
After adjusting the steering wheel position, make sure it is
securely locked in place by "rocking" it up and down slightly.

Windshield Wipers/Washer/Defogger
Windshield Wipers
Switch the wipers to INT for intermittent operation, LO for low speed
operation, and HI for high speed
In fog or very light rain, push the
lever down to the MIST position for
temporary high speed operation of
the wipers. The wipers will return
to the rest position and the motor
will shut off as soon as you release
the lever.

Push down

Pull the wiper switch lever toward you to turn on the washer.


(Except US: DX)
The windshield wipers will sweep when the washer is operated.
Check the washer fluid regularly, especially during bad weather, or
whenever the washer has been in frequent use. The float in the
neck of the reservoir indicates the fluid level.
US Cars:
2.5 (2.6 US q t , 2.2 Imp qt)
Canada Cars: 4.5 (4.8 US q t , 4.0 Imp qt)
Use a good quality commercial washer fluid for all-weather cleaning.



Do not use radiator antifreeze in the windshield washer; it will
damage the paint.
Do not use a vinegar/water combination in the windshield
washer; it will damage the pump.
Prolonged operation of the washer without fluid may damage
the pump.
In freezing weather, warm the windshield with the defrosters
before using the washer. This will help prevent icing which could
seriously impair visibility.
Rear Window Defogger
Push the switch to turn the defogger on or off. The indicator will
light when the defogger is on.
The defogger will turn off automatically 25 minutes after it is turned on.

When cleaning the inside of the
rear window, be careful not to
damage the printed heater wires
on the rear window. Wipe the
window horizontally along the
wires, not up and down.
Door Mirror Defoggers
(Canada: SE)
Push the switch to defog or defrost
the door mirrors. The indicator light
will come on and remain lit until it is
pushed again to turn them off.



Rearview Mirrors
Keep the inside and outside mirrors clean and adjusted for best
Be sure to adjust mirror angles before you start driving.
The inside mirror has day and night
positions. The night position reduces glare from the headlights of
vehicles behind you. Flip the small
tab on the bottom of the mirror
forward or backward to select day
or night position.

Manual Mirrors
(US: DX, Canada: LX)
The outside mirrors can be adjusted
by moving the knob located on each
door (driver's side only for US cars).

Power Mirrors
(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX R/SE)
With the ignition switch in the " I I " position, move the main switch
to L (for driver's side) or R (for passenger's side), then use the
adjustment switch to adjust the outside mirrors to the correct angle.
After the mirrors have been adjusted, return the main switch to the
center (off) position.
Be sure to adjust mirror angles before you start driving.


Turn Signals
Push the turn signal lever down to
signal a left turn, and up for a right
turn. The indicator and appropriate FIRST
signal lights will blink. The lever will STOP
return automatically to its original
position when the steering wheel is
returned to straight ahead.
For lane changing, you can signal by
pushing the lever part way up or down (to the first stop) and holding
it there; the lever will return to its original position when you release
it. If either turn signal indicator lights up but does not blink, blinks
faster than usual or does not light up at all, check for a burned out
bulb or fuse.
Turn the light switch to the first
position (
) for taillights, side
marker lights, position lights, license
plate lights, and instrument panel
lights. Turn to the second position
) to add the headlights.



If the driver's door is opened when the light switch is turned to
either " o n " position, a chime will sound to remind you to turn off
your lights.
High Beam/Low Beam Switch
The headlights may be switched
between low beam and high beam
by pulling the turn signal lever
toward you. The blue high beam
indicator light will be on when the
high beam is on.
Pull and release

Headlight Flasher
To flash the headlights, pull lightly on the turn signal lever and


Lights (cont'd)
Hazard Warning System
This system should be used only
when your car is stopped under
emergency or hazardous conditions.
To activate, push the hazard warning switch (
). The front and rear
turn signals will blink simultaneously
and both indicator lights will flash.
Push the switch (
) again to turn
the system off.

Panel Brightness Control
When the light switch is in either of
the two " o n " positions, the intensity of the instrument lights can be
adjusted. Push the panel brightness
control knob so it pops out, then
turn the knob to adjust the

Ignition Switch Light
(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition,
Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)
This light will illuminate the switch
for several seconds after the driver's
door is closed.



Interior Light
The interior light has a three position switch. The light is off all the
time in the OFF position. In the middle position, it goes on only when a
door is opened. In the ON position, it
is on all the time.


Daytime Running Lights (Canada Cars)
With the ignition ON (position II) and the headlight switch OFF, the
high beam headlights will come on at one-half power when the
parking brake is released. This type of lighting is called "Daytime
Running Lights" or DRL. The DRL turns off when you turn the
ignition switch off.
If the parking brake is reapplied without switching the ignition off,
the "Daytime Running Lights" will remain on.

Cruise Control (Except US: DX)
Cruise Control
Cruise control allows you maintain a set speed above 25 mph (40
km/h) without keeping your foot on the accelerator pedal. It is not
recommended for conditions such as city driving, winding roads,
slippery roads, heavy rain, or bad weather. You should have full
control of the car under those conditions.

Improper use of the cruise control can lead to a crash.
Use the cruise control only when traveling on open highways in
good weather.

The cruise control, as it operates, moves the accelerator pedal.
You can damage your car's accelerator mechanism by resting your
foot under the pedal and blocking the movement.
To Set the Cruise Control:
Push in the Cruise Control master
switch to the left of the steering
column. The indicator in the switch
will light.
Accelerate to the desired cruising
speed above 25 mph (40 km/h).
Press and hold the SET/decel button
on the steering wheel until the
CRUISE CONTROL light on the
instrument panel comes on.
This shows the system is now
The set speed may vary slightly,
particularly on hills.
Changing the Set Speed
To increase the set cruising speed:
Press and hold the RESUME/accel
button. The car will accelerate
slowly. Release the button when
the desired speed is reached.
Push on the accelerator pedal.
Accelerate to the desired cruising
speed and press the SET/decel



To decrease the set cruising speed:
Press and hold the SET/decel button. The car will decelerate.
Release the button when the desired speed is reached.
Tap the brake or clutch pedal lightly with your foot. The CRUISE
CONTROL light on the instrument panel will go out. When the car
slows to the desired speed, press the SET/decel button. The car
will then maintain the desired speed.
Even with the cruise control turned on, you can still use the
accelerator pedal to speed up for passing. After completing the pass,
take your foot off the accelerator pedal. The car will return to the
set cruising speed.
Resting you foot on the brake or clutch pedal will cause the cruise
control to cancel.
To Cancel the Cruise Control:
Any of these actions cause the cruise control to cancel.
Tap the brake or clutch pedal.
Press the SET/decel and RESUME/accel buttons at the same time.
Press the Cruise Control Master Switch.
When you tap the brake or clutch pedal, or press the SET and
RESUME buttons at the same time, the CRUISE CONTROL light on
the instrument panel will go out and the car will begin to slow down.
You can use the accelerator pedal in the normal way.
If you use the brake or clutch pedal to cancel cruise control, the
system retains the previously-set cruising speed. To return to that
speed, accelerate to above 25 mph (40 km/h) and press the
RESUME/accel button until the CRUISE CONTROL light comes on.
The car will accelerate to the same cruising speed as before.
If you cancel the CRUISE CONTROL by pressing the SET and
RESUME buttons at the same time, the previously-set cruising
speed is erased. To use the cruise control, accelerate to the desired
cruising speed and press the SET/decel button.
Pressing the Cruise Control Master Switch turns the system
completely off and erases the previous cruising speed from memory.
To use the system again, see page 52.

Hood and Parking Brake
To open the hood, pull back on the
handle located under the dash on
the driver's side.

Pull to release

The hood latch is spring-loaded, so the hood will pop up slightly.
Release the safety catch under the front center of the hood by
pushing the rubber-tipped handle up.
Lift the hood and prop it open with the support rod.
To close, take the support rod down, place it back in its holder,
lower the hood until it is approximately one foot from the closed
position, then let it drop. Be sure the hood is securely latched before
driving away.


Parking Brake
To apply the parking brake, pull
up on the lever. To release it, pull
up slightly, push the button, and
lower the lever; when fully
released, the BRAKE (US cars), or
(Canadian cars)
indicator will go out.

Pull up

Power Windows
(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition,
Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)
The power windows can be operated only when the ignition switch
is in the " I I " position.
The operation of the windows is
controlled by the main switch
located in the master control panel
on the armrest of the driver's door.
When the main switch is off, only
the driver's door window can be
opened and closed.
When the main switch is on, all door
windows can be opened and closed
by the driver, using the appropriate
switch in the master control panel,
and the passenger windows can be
opened and closed by the passengers, using the switch located on
each passenger door.
When opening or closing a window,
push and hold either the " u p " or
" d o w n " side of the switch until the
window reaches the desired position, then release.

The driver's window can be opened
fully, without the driver having to
hold the switch down, simply by
pushing the switch past the first







Power Window Key-off Operation
The power windows can still be operated for about 10 minutes
after the ignition is turned from the " I I " to the " I " or " 0 " position as
long as neither front door has been opened.

Be sure, before closing any window, that all hands, arms and
other obstructions are clear of the window frame and glass;
severe personal injury could result.
Always keep the main switch in the off position when children
are in the car; injury may result from unintentional window

Glove Box and Clock
Glove Box
Open by pulling the handle. Close
with a firm push. The glove box
door can be locked by using the
master key.
The glove box light will go on when
the glove box door is opened and
the headlights are on.




Do not drive the car with the glove
box door open; it could cause injury
in an accident.
Digital Clock
The time is displayed continuously when the ignition is switched to
II or III. At all other times, push in on the lid to display the time.
To adjust the time:
1. Lower the lid.
2. To set the minutes, push and hold
the M button until the numbers
advance to the desired minute or
3. To set the hour, push and hold
the H button until the hour
advances to the desired hour.
4. The RESET button allows you to synchronize your clock to the
closest hour. If the time on the clock is before the half hour,
pressing the RESET button will return the time to the previous
hour. If the time is beyond the half hour, the RESET button will
change the time to the next hour.
Be careful not to push the H, M or RESET buttons accidentally.
Pushing any of them will change the clock's time setting.

Beverage Holder
(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)
Your car is equipped with a beverage holder for use while the car is
stopped. Drinking while driving or driving with a beverage in the
holder may be hazardous.
Open the holder by pushing it.

Use only lidded cups or containers that fit snugly in the beverage

Spilling even a small amount while driving, especially if the liquid
is hot, may distract the driver's attention from the road and
could result in a serious collision.
Alcohol and driving don't mix. For your safety, and the safety of
others, please do not drink and drive.

Cigarette Lighter and Ashtrays
Cigarette Lighter
Push in the lighter to heat up. It will
automatically release when the
element is hot. DO NOT hold it in
while it is heating up, it may
overheat and damage the lighter and
the heating element.



The cigarette lighter will operate
with the key in the " I " or " I I "
Front Ashtray
Open the ashtray by pulling its bottom edge toward you.
To remove it, pull it out further
while pushing down on the springloaded plate inside.

Rear Ashtray
The rear ashtray is located at the
rear of the center console. It is
opened by pulling out the top edge.
To remove it, open the ashtray and
release its bottom edge by pulling up,
then out. To install, reverse the
removal procedure.
To remove, pull up and out.

Do not use the ashtrays as trash containers; use them only for
extinguished cigarettes. Putting lit cigarettes or matches in an
ashtray with other combustible materials may cause a fire.

Heating and Cooling
The vents, heater and air conditioning are combined in one system;
adjusting four basic controls to different settings can provide a full
range of interior temperatures for safe and comfortable driving.
(Air conditioning is optional on US: DX, Canada: LX.)
The flow-through ventilation system can provide fresh air to the
interior when the car is moving or stopped, even with the windows

For proper air flow, the flow-through vents must not be covered.
Keep the air inlet at the base of the windshield free of leaves or
other debris.


You can adjust the controls to direct cool or warm outside air
throughout the car for defogging windows, heating, or cooling by
turning on the fan.


Heating and Cooling (cont'd)
Dash Vents
The corner vents can be used for flow-through ventilation, or during
the heating and air conditioning operation.
The corner and center vents can be tilted up or down, and their
louvers turned right or left, to change the direction of air flow.
The amount of air flow from the corner and center vents can be
regulated by the control located beside each vent.






What the Controls Do
(US: DX, Canada: LX)





(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)






Fan Switch
Turning the switch clockwise will increase the fan speed, and the
fan will circulate warm, cool, or outside air, depending on where the
temperature lever/control dial and function lever/buttons are set.
Whenever the fan is switched on, air flows from the dash corner
vents regardless of function lever/button position.
Function Lever/Buttons
Slide the lever (US: DX, Canada: LX) or push the appropriate button
(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE) to direct
air to and from the heater, defroster and vents.
There is an indicator light in each function button that comes on
when the button is pushed.


Heating and Cooling (cont'd)
Temperature Lever/Control Dial
Slide the lever from left to right or turn the dial clockwise to make
air warmer when the appropriate function is selected.
Air Conditioning Switch (opitonal on US: DX, Canada: LX)
With the fan on, push the A/C switch to operate the air conditioning.
The indicator light will come on.
Push the switch again to turn the air conditioning off.
Fresh Air (
) and Recirculation (
) Buttons
(US: DX, Canada: LX)
When the
button's indicator light is out, outside air will be
allowed to circulate inside the car.
When the
button is pushed in and the indicator light comes
on, outside air is shut off and the air inside the car is recirculated.
If the heater or air conditioning is on and you want to warm up or
cool down the interior more quickly, or keep smoke or dust out of
the car without losing the heat or cool function, simply push the
(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)
When the
button is pushed, the indicator light will go on and
outside air will be allowed to circulate inside the car.
When the
button is pushed, the indicator light comes on,
outside air is shut off and the air inside the car is recirculated.
If the heater or air conditioning is on and you want to warm up or
cool down the interior more quickly, or keep smoke or dust out of
the car without losing the heat or cool function, simply push the
(US: DX, Canada: LX)

Anniversary Edition,
Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)


The windows may become fogged if the system is in the
setting for an extended period of time with the air conditioning off. As
soon as the interior is warmed, switch to

How to Use the Controls
To Ventilate
(US: DX, Canada: LX)
Move the temperature lever to the left, select the
and push the
button off.
Switch the fan on and outside air will flow through the corner and
center vents. To change air distribution, switch to the
position and outside air will also flow from the heater ducts at the floor

(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)
Turn the temperature control dial counterclockwise, and push the
buttons. Switch the fan on and outside air will
flow through the corner and center vents. To change air distribution,
switch to the
position and outside air will also flow from
the heater ducts at the floor level.


Heating and Cooling (cont'd)
To Cool with A/C (optional on US: DX, Canada: LX)
To cool the car down quickly, start the engine, turn the fan to high,
push the A/C switch and open the windows briefly. Then close the
windows, slide the temperature lever all the way to the left or turn
the temperature control dial counterclockwise all the way, select
position and push the
button on, so inside air
will recirculate to the air conditioning for maximum cooling.
When the interior has cooled sufficiently, switch the fan to the
desired speed, then change to the
setting to direct fresh
(outside) air to the air conditioning.
(US: DX, Canada: LX)

(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)

When using the air conditioning in heavy traffic, or while driving up
long hills, watch the coolant temperature gauge: if the needle moves
near the " H " end of the scale, turn the air conditioning off by
pushing the A/C switch; leave it off until the needle goes back into
the middle of the scale.

To Heat
Switch the fan on, slide the temperature lever to the right or turn
the temperature control dial clockwise, select the
and warmed air will begin flowing from the floor outlets.
(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)
A small amount of warmed air will also flow from the windshield
defroster vent.
(US: DX, Canada: LX)

(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)

To warm up the interior quickly, push the
inside air will be recirculated to the heater.
If the windows begin to fog while heating in the
switch to
to allow outside air to enter.

button so the


Heating and Cooling (cont'd)
To Dehumidify with A/C (optional on US: DX, Canada: LX)
Because air conditioning dehumidifies as it works, you can use it in
cool or cold weather to help defog the windows. Just switch the
fan on, push the A/C switch on, select the desired function and
adjust the temperature lever/control dial to a comfortable setting.

This setting is desirable for most operating conditions in ambient
temperatures above approximately 32°F (0°C).
(US: DX, Canada: LX)

(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)

To Defrost
To defrost or defog the windshield and door windows, slide the
temperature lever to the right or turn the temperature control dial
clockwise, select the
function, and switch the fan on.
If there is actual frost on the windows, first select the
If the windows are fogged, select the
setting. Warmed air
will then flow from the windshield and side defroster vents.
(US: DX, Canada: LX)

(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)


Heating and Cooling (cont'd)
For extra door window defrosting or defogging, select either the
f u n c t i o n , s w i t c h to the
setting, and turn the fan on.
Air will flow to the side door windows from the vents at each end
of the dash when the vertical fins of the dash corner vents are
pointed toward the windows, and the horizontal fins are moved



After the windows are sufficiently defrosted, you may wish to
select the
mode for more comfort. Sliding the
temperature lever to the left or turning the temperature control dial
counterclockwise will reduce the temperature of the air exiting the
dash corner vents without appreciably affecting the heat to your leg
and foot area. Continue to adjust the temperature and fan speed to
find the most comfortable setting.
To Turn Everything OFF
Slide the temperature lever to the left or turn the temperature
control dial counterclockwise all the way, turn the fan switch off
and push the
button on.

This setting should only be used in cold weather for the first few
minutes of driving to prevent cold air from blowing into the cabin.
Under normal operating conditions, the fan should always be kept
ON to prevent the accumulation of stale air in the system.

Seat Heater (Canada: SE)
Both front seats in your car are equipped with seat
ignition must be in the II (ON) position when using the
Push the seat heater switch, the light in the switch will
remain on while the heaters are working.
To turn the system off, push the switch, the light in
should go off.

heaters. The
seat heaters.
come on and
the indicator


As the unit draws considerable current, it should not be used
when idling for an extended period of time. Doing so can cause a
weak battery, resulting in hard starting.



Moonroof (US: EX/SE, Canada: EX-R/SE)
To open or close the moonroof, push and hold the switch. Release
the switch when the moonroof reaches the desired position.
Do not hold the switch on after the moonroof has fully opened or
closed, or you may damage the moonroof motor.


Do not allow any part of your body to extend through the
moonroof while the vehicle is in motion. In the event of a
collision or sudden application of the brakes, severe personal
injury could result.
To avoid the possibility of injury while closing the moonroof,
never allow any part of your body to extend through the

Operating the moonroof in severe cold or when it is covered with
snow or ice may cause damage to the moonroof.
As well as the moonroof, there is a sliding sunshade which you can
adjust to let in light with the roof closed, or to block out light
entirely. The sunshade automatically opens as you open the


If the Moonroof Won't Close
The moonroof can be closed
manually, if the control switch will
not close it.
1. Remove the round plug near the
rear center of the headliner.
2. Insert the moonroof wrench
(from the tool kit) into the socket.
3.Turn the wrench until the
moonroof seats in the closed
4. Replace the plug.

Remove plug


Periodically pour a little water down the drain holes to make sure
they are not plugged. If they are free, water should drop on the
ground behind each front wheel.


Do not put weight on the moonroof or force it open or closed, you
may damage the mechanism.

Stereo Sound System
(Canada: LX)

Tone Control

(US: LX/Anniversary Edition,
Bass Control

Treble Control

(US: EX,
Canada: EX-R)

Treble Control
Bass Control


Treble Control
Bass Control

ON/OFF Switch
Turn the switch clockwise to turn the unit on; turn it counterclockwise to turn the unit off.
Push the switch to turn the unit on; push it again to turn the unit off.
The antenna will rise or retract automatically when the unit is
turned on or off. It will also retract automatically if the ignition is
switched off.
Volume Control
Turn the ON/OFF switch clockwise to increase volume and counterclockwise to decrease volume.
Balance Control
Balances sound between left and right speakers.
(Except Canada: LX)
To use the control, push on the knob to get it to pop out, adjust the
balance to your liking and push the knob back in when you are done.

(Except Canada: LX)
When the headlights are on, the radio panel illumination is on, even if
the radio is turned off.
The panel lighting can be turned off by first pushing the Balance
Control knob to its out position and then pulling it out slightly
Fader Control
Balances sound between front and rear speakers.
(Except Canada: LX)
To use the control, push on the knob to get it to pop out, adjust the
sound to your liking and push the knob back in when you are done.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)
Frequency Display

Radio Operation
(Canada: LX)

(US: LX/Anniversary Edition,

(US: EX,
Canada: EX-R)

Frequency Display

Frequency Display

Frequency Display


AM/FM Band Selector
Push to select AM or FM band. The corresponding band indicator
will light.
Manual Tuning
(US: LX/Anniversary Edition, Canada: LX/EX)
Push the
button to tune to a lower frequency station.
Push the
button to tune to a higher frequency station.
(US: EX, Canada: EX-R)
Push the TUNE/SEEK switch up to change to a higher frequency,
and down to change to a lower frequency.
To change the frequency up or down a single increment, push and
release the TUNE/SEEK switch.
Use the TUNE bar to change frequencies. Push
to tune to a
higher frequency, and
to tune to a lower frequency.
(US: LX/Anniversary Edition, Canada: LX/EX)
If you hold either button for more than half a second, the tuning
frequency will count up or down rapidly.
(US: EX, Canada: EX-R)
To go to a frequency that is farther away, push the switch and hold
it. You will hear a beep and the frequency display will begin to count
The frequency will continue changing for as long as you push on the
Seek Tuning
(Canada: LX)
Each time you push this button, the tuner will automatically seek
the next higher frequency station.
(US: LX/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX)
Each time you push this button up or down, the tuner will
automatically seek the next higher or lower frequency station.
(US: EX, Canada: EX-R)
Depending on which way you push the TUNE/SEEK switch, the
system searches up or down from the current frequency. Push the
switch until you hear a beep, then release it. The system searches
until it finds a station with a strong signal, then stops.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)
Frequency Display

(Canada: LX)

(US: LX/Anniversary Edition,
Canada: EX)

Canada: EX-R)

Frequency Display

Frequency Display

Frequency Display


When you push the SEEK bar, the radio scans the selected band and
stops on the next station with a strong signal. Push
to scan
higher frequencies, and
to scan lower frequencies.
Preset Station Selection
1.Make sure the Band Selector is on the band you want ... AM or
FM. Then, find the station you want by Manual Tuning or Seek
2. Press and hold one of the Preset Buttons.
3. In a few seconds, a beep will sound and the light in the button will
come on. The station is now preset in the memory. You may
preset 1 AM and 1 FM station per button, (total, 6 of each on US:
LX/Anniversary Edition, Canada: LX/EX, and 8 of each on SE).
(US: EX, Canada: EX-R)
Each button will store one frequency on the AM band, and t w o on
the FM band by pushing the FM1, and FM2 switch. You can store
a total of 6 stations on AM and 12 on FM.
4. You can tune to a preset station by pushing its corresponding
preset button.

(US: EX/SE, Canada: EX-R/SE)
The Auto Select Button must be off before the Preset Station
Selection can be used.
Auto Select Button (US: EX/SE, Canada: EX-R/SE)
If you are visiting a new broadcast area, you can quickly enter into
memory the stronger stations in that area by simply pushing the
Auto Select Button. The radio will then automatically scan both the
AM and FM bands and temporarily memorize up to 6 stations (8
stations on SE) in each. With the Auto Select Button on, these
stations can then be tuned by pushing the preset buttons. Manuallypreset stations remain memorized for use when you return to your
normal broadcast area, but are only selectable with the Auto Select
Button off.
Stereo Indicator
This lights up when a FM broadcast in stereo is being received. It will
flash when the signal strength diminishes. If it flashes, good stereo
reception cannot be expected. Stereo reception is available only for
FM stereo broadcasts, not for AM stereo broadcasts.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)
Tape Operation
(Canada: LX)

(US: LX/Anniversary Edition,
Canada: EX)

(US: EX,
Canada: EX-R)


Tape Direction Indicator
Load the cassette into the slot with the tape opening to the right.
The (
) will light when the upper side is playing. The (
) will light
when the bottom side is playing.
Program Selector (PROG)
Push to change the direction of tape play.
Auto Reverse Feature: The tape direction automatically reverses
when the end of the tape is reached in play or FF mode and plays
the other side.
Fast Forward/Rewind (FF/REW)
Note which Tape Direction Indicator is lighted, then push the
appropriate button to rapidly wind the tape in the same direction
(FF) or in the opposite direction (REW).
(US: EX, Canada: EX-R)
To rewind the tape, push the FF/REW/TMS button down then
release it. You will see REW in the display. To fast forward the tape,
push the button up then release it. You will see FF displayed. To
stop rewind or fast forward, press the PROG/PLAY button or push
the FF/REW/TMS switch again.
Play (PLAY)
Push the PLAY button to resume tape play and stop rewind or fast
forward operation.
(On US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE, the
indicator will light.)
Repeat Button (REPEAT)
(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)
Push the REPEAT button (indicator on) to return to the beginning of
a song or section of programming and repeat its play. Push the
button again (indicator off) to cancel the repeat function and resume
normal play.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)
(Canada: LX)

(US: LX/Anniversary Edition,

Canada: EX-R)


TMS function (US: EX, Canada: EX-R)
The TMS function lets you skip to the beginning of a song or other
passage. The tape skips forward or backward, depending on which
direction you push the FF/REW/TMS switch.
Activate TMS by pushing the FF/REW/TMS button and holding it
until you hear a beep. If you push the button down, you will see
REW blinking in the display as the tape rewinds. If you push the
button up, you will see FF blinking in the display as the tape fast
forwards. When the system senses a silent period on the tape, it
goes back to PLAY mode.

(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)
The REPEAT and TMS functions use silent periods on the tape to
find the end of a selection. These features may not work
satisfactorily on tapes that have almost no gap between songs, a
high noise level between songs, or silent periods in the middle of
Dolby® Noise Reduction (
(US: LX/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX)
Push when playing tapes recorded in Dolby NR (the Dolby NR
indicator will light). Push again when playing tapes not recorded in
Dolby NR. Use of the wrong setting will affect high frequency
(US: EX/SE, Canada: EX-R/SE)
Dolby noise reduction turns on when you insert a cassette. If the
tape is not recorded with Dolby " B " noise reduction, turn it off by
pressing the button.

The Dolby NR circuit will not operate during radio reception.
Dolby noise reduction manufactured under license from Dolby
Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
"DOLBY" and the double-D symbol
are trademarks of Dolby
Laboratories Licensing Corporation.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)
(Canada: LX)

(US: LX/Anniversary Edition,
Canada: EX)

(US: EX,
Canada: EX-R)


Skip Function
(US: LX/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX)
The circuit senses silent passages between songs or programs on a
tape. Push upward to automatically advance to the beginning of the
next song, or downward to return to the beginning of the song just
SKIP function lets you skip over a song or other passage. Press
to SKIP backward, and
to SKIP forward. The light in the
REW or FF button will flash as the system advances the tape. When
it senses a silent period, the system goes back to PLAY.
Tapes that contain short silent passages between songs, a high level
of noise between songs, or silent passages within a song may not be
suitable for this function.
Metal Indicator (METAL/MTL) (Except Canada: LX)
Most metal or CrO2 cassettes are coded with slots on their back
edge. If such a cassette is inserted, the player will detect the slots
and automatically switch to the proper equalization for full
enjoyment of metal/Cr0 2 tapes. The indicator light will go on when
coded cassettes are played.
Eject (EJECT)
Push this button to stop and eject the tape.
Ignition Key-OFF Eject: The cassette being played will be automatically ejected when the ignition or the unit is turned off.

When one side of the tape ends, "Auto-Reverse" will automatically
begin playing the other side, therefore, you must push the eject
button to stop or remove the tape.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)


(US: LX/Anniversary Edition,

(US: EX,
Canada: EX-R)


CLEAN Indicator Light
(US: SE, Canada: LX/SE)
After 50 hours of cassette tape play, the CLEAN indicator light will
come on as a reminder to clean the tape heads. If the light comes on
and the tape heads were not cleaned at the recommended 30 hours
of usage (see maintenance section on the next page), they should be
cleaned immediately. To reset, push the indicator with a pointed
instrument such as a ball-point pen until the light goes off (about 5
(US: LX/EX/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R)
After 30 hours of cassette tape play, the CLEAN indicator light will
come on as a reminder to clean the tape heads. If the light comes on
and the tape heads were not cleaned at the recommended 30 hours
of usage (see maintenance section on the next page), they should be
cleaned immediately. To reset, push the indicator with a pointed
instrument such as a ball-point pen until the light goes off (about 3
Defective Tape Eject
The tape player includes a protection mechanism to automatically
eject defective tapes (warped housing, loose label, faulty tape
movement) immediately upon insertion. If a tape malfunctions while
in play, the tape direction will change back and forth and then eject
the cassette. Tapes ejected before play should be considered faulty
and discarded; tapes ejected during play may only be unevenly
wound and could be re-usable if fully rewound, manually, outside the

The tape player may repeat cycle through the loading and unloading
motion several times in an effort to eject a faulty tape. During this
process the tape will either eject fully or rise to the loading level and
have to be pulled out manually. In either case, discard the tape; reuse may damage the tape player.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)
The head in the cassette tape player can pick up dirt or tape
deposits each time a cassette is played. The result is low or
"muddy" sound from one or both channels, as if the treble tone
control were turned all the way down. To prevent this, you should
periodically clean the head with a commercially available cleaning
As preventive maintenance, clean the head about every 30 hours of
use. If you wait until the head becomes very dirty (noticeably poor
sound), it may not be possible to remove all deposits with a simple
cleaning cassette.
The use of 120 minute tapes is not recommended.

Storing cassettes out of their cases, or touching the magnetic
tape with your fingers will increase the amount of dirt that gets to
the tape head. Using low-quality "off-brand" tape will increase the
amount of tape deposits that get on the head. Both of these
practices may eventually lead to damage of the head and playing

Operating the CD Changer
(Optional for SE)

A trunk-mounted Compact Disc changer is available for your car. It
holds up to six discs, providing several hours of continuous
programming. You operate the CD changer with the same buttons,
used for the radio and cassette player.
Load the desired CD's in the magazine and bad the magazine in the
changer according to the instructions that came with the unit.
To operate the CD changer, the ignition key must be in the
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.
If you are listening to a cassette tape, eject it before playing a CD.
AM/FM Button
Press the AM/FM button until " C D " appears on the display. Once in
the CD mode, the system will start to play the first track of the first
disc in the magazine.
When that disc ends, the next disc in the magazine is loaded and
After disc 6 has completed, the system will return to disc 1. To
make your own disc selection, push one of the first six preset
buttons. Your selection will appear in the display and start playing.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)

You can use the SEEK bar or TUNE bar while a disc is playing to
select passages and change tracks.
To move rapidly within a track, press and hold the
side of the
TUNE bar to move forward or the
side to move backward. This
continues until you release the bar.
Each time you press the
side of the SEEK bar, the system skips
forward to the beginning of the next track on that CD. Press the
side to skip backward to the beginning of the current track.
If you press
again, the system skips backward to the beginning
of the previous track.
Auto Select Button
You can get the CD player to randomly select tracks by pressing the
AUTO SELECT button. The indicator in the button lights as a
reminder. With this active, the system selects and plays the tracks
randomly, rather than sequentially, on each disc. When the system
has played all the tracks on that disc, it loads the next disc and
starts to play it randomly. The system continues to select and play
tracks randomly on each of the six discs until you press the AUTO
SELECT button again.

Repeat Button (REPEAT)
If you push the REPEAT button, the system will continuously play
the track you are listening to. The light in the button stays on as a
— If you change modes to radio or tape while a CD is playing, then
change back to CD mode, the same disc and track will play.
— If you turn off the system while a CD is playing, either with the
ON-OFF/VOL knob or by turning off the ignition, the system will
begin at the same disc and track when you turn it back on.
— If you try to select an empty slot in the magazine, the system will
select and play the first track of the next disc in the magazine.
To return to the radio function, press the AM/FM button.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)
CD Error Indications
If you see an error indication on the display, find the cause in the
chart to the right. If you cannot clear the error indication, take the
car to your Honda dealer.

Entering the Security Code for the Anti-theft Radio
(US: EX, Canada: EX-R/SE)
The Honda anti-theft radio will not operate if the radio is stolen.
Even if the radio is electrically reconnected, it will be inoperable
unless a five-digit security code is entered.
The code for your radio is printed on each of the t w o cards that
came with your radio. Keep these cards in a secure place away from
the car. The radio cannot be reprogrammed without the code.
Enter the five-digit code using the preset station selector buttons.
The radio must be on and the word "Code" must be in the display.
When entering the five-digit code, be sure to complete the
number sequence even if an error was made. For instance if the
code number is 43215 and 42 was mistakenly entered for the first
two numbers instead of 43, continue entering 215. A beep will
sound after five digits are entered.
The word "Code" will appear in the display.
Re-enter the correct code number sequence. The word "Code"
will no longer appear, and the radio should resume normal
If the correct code is not entered in three successive tries, the
radio will not accept entry at this time. You must wait one hour
with the radio ON to re-enter the correct code.
If the voltage supply is interrupted and reconnected, the word
"Code" will appear in the radio's display and the radio will not work.
When your car requires electrical repairs, the code number must be
re-entered for radio operation.

Your Honda operates most effectively on unleaded gasoline with a
pump octane number of 86 or higher. Use of a lower octane gasoline
can cause a persistent, heavy metallic rapping noise in the engine
that can lead to mechanical damage.
We recommend gasolines containing detergent additives that help
prevent fuel system and engine deposits.
Using gasoline containing lead will damage your car's emission
controls. This contributes to air pollution and can void certain parts
of your warranty.
Oxygenated Fuels
Some conventional gasolines are being blended with alcohol or an
ether compound. These gasolines are collectively referred to as
oxygenated fuels. To meet clean air standards, some areas of the
United States and Canada use oxygenated fuels to help reduce
If you use an oxygenated fuel, be sure it is unleaded and meets the
minimum octane rating requirement.
Before using an oxygenated fuel, try to confirm the fuel's contents.
Some states/provinces require this information to be posted on the
The following are the EPA — approved percentages of oxygenates:
ETHANOL (ethyl or grain alcohol)
You may use gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol by volume.
Gasoline containing ethanol may be marketed under the name
MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether)
You may use gasoline containing up to 15% MTBE by volume.

METHANOL (methyl or wood alcohol)
You may use gasoline containing up to 5% methanol by volume as
long as it also contains cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors to
protect the fuel system.
Gasoline containing more than 5% methanol by volume may cause
starting and/or performance problems. It may also damage metal,
rubber, and plastic parts of your fuel system.
If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms, try another
service station or switch to another brand of gasoline.
Fuel system damage or performance problems resulting from the
use of an oxygenated fuel containing more than the percentages of
oxygenates given above are not covered under warranty.
Operation In Foreign Countries
In order to comply with U.S. and Canada Federal Emissions
Regulations, you must use unleaded fuels of the recommended
octane rating. These fuels may not be available in other countries. If
you intend taking your car outside the U.S. or Canada, write to
Honda (stating the year and model of your car) at the address shown
for information regarding modifications you may need to have done.
U.S. Owners:

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Consumer Affairs
1919 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501-2746

Canadian Owners: Honda Canada Inc.
715 Milner Ave.
Scarborough, Ontario M1B-2K8


Gasoline (cont'd)
Fuel Fill Door and Cap
Gasoline is extremely flammable and is explosive under certain
conditions. Perform this operation in a well-ventilated area with
the engine stopped. Do not smoke or allow open flames or sparks
in the area or where gasoline is stored.
The fuel fill door is opened by pulling up on the lever at the left side
of the driver's seat.
The door will lock automatically when closed; push it until it clicks.

You may hear a hiss when you open the fuel fill cap. This sound is
residual pressure escaping from the fuel tank. Open the cap slowly
and remove the cap after the hissing stops. Fuel spray may cause
injury. Do not overfill the tank; fill only until the gas pump clicks off
automatically and never top off.

The fuel fill cap is a screw-in ratchetting type. Tighten the cap
clockwise until ratchetting clicks are heard.

The removed fuel fill cap can be placed on the inside of the door.

Fuel vapor is extremely hazardous under certain conditions.
Always stop the engine before refueling, and never refuel near
sparks or open flames.

If you replace the cap, use only a genuine Honda replacement part
or its equivalent. Failure to use the proper part could cause serious
fuel system problems.

How to Improve Your fuel Mileage:
Drive at a smooth, steady pace to avoid unnecessary deceleration
and stops — accelerating back to speed uses more fuel.
Plan trips to avoid rush hour traffic if possible.
Make sure the parking brake is completely released.
Consolidate trips whenever possible.
Keep vehicle weight to a minimum by removing unnecessary
items from the luggage area.
Whenever possible, use fresh air from the dash vents to keep
cool when driving; open windows, or use of the air conditioning
both affect fuel economy.
(Air conditioning is optional on US: DX, Canada: LX.)
Keep the tires adjusted to the recommended pressure.
Tire Pressure(measured cold):
US: DX/LX, Canada: LX/EX
200 kPa (29 psi)
US: EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX-R/SE
220 kPa (32 psi)
Condition of Your Car
You can only get maximum fuel economy if your car is in top
running condition. Have all required maintenance done at the proper
intervals. Check tire pressures and tire wear frequently. If tire wear
is uneven, have the alignment checked by your Honda dealer.
Proper alignment saves gasoline and prolongs tire life.

Ignition Switch
The combined ignition switch/anti-theft lock is located on the right
side of the steering column and has four positions:

0-LOCK position: The key can be removed or inserted in this
position. To remove the key, push it in at position I, then turn it to
0 and pull it out. When the key is removed, the steering column
will lock.

On cars equipped with automatic transmissions, the transmission
must be in Park before pushing and turning the key to the 0-LOCK

Never turn the ignition switch to the lock position or remove the
key while the car is in motion; the steering wheel can lock causing
a loss of directional control, and an accident could result.
I-ACCESSORY position: In this position, the accessory circuit is
on, but the ignition circuit is off.
If the key is difficult to turn from the 0 to the I position, turn the
steering wheel slightly to relieve pressure on the lock.
II-ON position: This is the normal running position.
Canada Cars:
The "Daytime Running Lights" will come on in this position (see
page 51 ).
III-START position: The starter will engage when the key is
turned to this position.
To remind you to remove the ignition key when leaving your car, a
beeper will sound if the key is still in the ignition when you open the
driver's door. The beeper system is deactivated when you turn the
ignition to 0 (Lock) and fully remove the key.

Starting the Engine
Before Starting
When starting in cold weather, keep all unnecessary electrical
circuits off (lights, defogger, etc.) for the best battery output.
Manual Transmission:
1. Apply the parking brake.
2. Push the clutch pedal all the way in (see NOTE below).
3. Shift the transmission to neutral.
On cars equipped with manual transmissions, the engine will not
crank unless the clutch pedal is fully depressed.
Automatic Transmission:
1. Make sure the shift lever is in Park (P).
2. Apply the parking brake and the foot brake.
Starting the Engine
During the following starting procedures, do not crank the engine
for more than 15 seconds at a time. If the engine won't start, wait
10 seconds before going to the next step.
1. With your foot off the accelerator, start the engine by turning the
key to the III position.
2. If the engine won't start within 15 seconds or starts but fails to
continue to run, push the accelerator pedal halfway, and hold it
there while cranking the engine. If the engine starts, release the
accelerator gradually.
3. If it doesn't start within 15 seconds, push the accelerator pedal
down to the floor and hold it there while cranking. If the engine
starts, release the accelerator gradually. If it doesn't start, repeat
step 2.
Cold Weather at High Altitude Starting
1. When starting in cold weather at high altitude (above 8,000 feet),
push the accelerator pedal about halfway and hold it there while
cranking the engine. If the engine starts, release the accelerator
2. If it doesn't start within 15 seconds, push the accelerator pedal
down to the floor and hold it there while cranking. If the engine
starts, release the accelerator gradually. If it doesn't start, repeat
step 1.

If the outside temperature is below freezing, or if your car has not
been driven for several days, warm up the engine for a few minutes
before driving.

Safety Items
Before driving away, check that:
The doors are closed properly.
The mirrors are properly adjusted, and the windows clean.
The driver and passengers are wearing properly adjusted seat
The front seat head restraints are properly adjusted.
The warning and indicator lights are operating properly.
The brake pedal feels normal.
All luggage and cargo is secured.
Nothing is interfering with the driver's feet or blocking vision to
the rear.
While driving remember to:
Always drive defensively; expect the unexpected.
Reduce your speed during night hours and bad weather.
Follow at a safe distance; don't tailgate.
Get off the highway when you are tired; stop and take a rest.
When stopping for repairs:
Park the car well off the road.
Turn on the hazard warning flasher.
Use flares or other warning devices to warn other motorists.
After parking your car:
Apply the parking brake and shift to first gear if your car is
equipped with manual transmission, or PARK on automatic
transmission equipped cars.
Make sure the moonroof and windows are closed and the doors
are locked.
(The moonroof is standard for US: EX/SE, Canada: EX-R/SE.)
If parked on a hill:
1. Turn the front wheels away from the curb if facing uphill.
2. Turn the front wheels toward the curb if facing downhill.
Never leave children unattended in a parked car.
Take your keys.

Engine Exhaust Gas Warning
A properly maintained car is your best protection against exhaust
gas entering the passenger compartment.
The exhaust system should be thoroughly inspected by a competent mechanic whenever:
The car is raised for oil change.
You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust.
The exhaust system or the rear or underside of the car is
Avoid breathing exhaust gases. They contain carbon monoxide,
which is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause loss of consciousness and eventual death. If you suspect that exhaust gas
is entering the passenger compartment, have the cause determined and corrected as soon as possible. If you must drive
under these conditions, drive only with all windows fully open.
Do not drive with the trunk lid open. An open trunk lid may draw
exhaust gases into the passenger compartment. If you must
drive with the trunk lid open, drive only with all the windows
wide open.
Do not run the engine in confined areas, such as garages, any
longer than necessary to move the car in or out.
If you must sit in a parked car with the engine running for more
than a short time, adjust the heating/ventilation system as
1. (US: DX, Canada: LX)
Slide the function lever to
and push the
button off.
(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)
Select the
2.Set the temperature lever/control dial for best comfort.
3.Turn the fan to the highest speed.

To insure proper operation of the car's ventilation system, keep the
front air inlet clear of snow, mud, leaves, or other obstructions.

Shifting the 5-Speed Manual Transmission
The fully synchronized manual
transmission is very easy to shift
up or down. When you slow down
for traffic, steep hills, or corners,
shift to a lower gear before the
engine starts to labor. When descending steep grades, select a
lower gear to help maintain a safe
speed and to prevent the brakes
from overheating.
When shifting, depress the clutch
pedal fully, shift gears and then release the clutch gradually. Do not
speed-shift; allow time for the gears to synchronize.
To prevent grinding the gears when shifting into reverse, hold the
clutch pedal depressed briefly before shifting, or shift the lever into
one of the forward gears before selecting reverse.
A safety lockout prevents accidental shifting straight from 5th to

Avoid rapid acceleration or sudden deceleration when either or
both driving wheels are on a slippery surface. Decreased traction
could cause loss of directional control.

Do not drive with your foot on the clutch pedal as this will cause
premature wear of clutch components.
Do not shift into reverse while the car is moving.

Recommended Shift Speeds
For best fuel economy, and effective emission control, shift at the
speeds shown:

Maximum Allowable Speeds
The speeds shown are the maximum at which the car can be driven
or downshifted in each gear without over-revving the engine.

Shifting the Automatic
The automatic transmission shift lever has a locking mechanism to
prevent accidental shifting into Reverse (R), Park (P), 2nd (2), or 1st
(1). Also, an Automatic Shift Lock prevents you from shifting out of
Park unless the brake pedal is already depressed and the ignition
switch is in the II position.
Push the button on the shift handle to shift into 2nd, 1st, Reverse,
or Park; depress the brake pedal and then push the button on the
shift handle to shift out of Park.
: Depress the brake pedal first
and push the button, then shift.
: Push the button, then shift.
: Shift as desired.


If you cannot shift out of Park with
the brake pedal depressed and the
ignition switch in the II position:
1.Turn the ignition switch off and
remove the key.
2. Insert the key in the Shift Lock
Release located to the right of the
shift lever.
3. Press and hold the key down,
then push the button on the shift
handle and move the shift lever to
4. Return the key to the ignition
switch, depress the brake pedal
and restart the engine.




If you encounter any problem shifting out of Park, have your
authorized Honda dealer check the system as soon as possible.

Operating Tips
For smoother operation, apply the brakes when shifting from
Neutral or Park to a forward or reverse gear.
When parking: bring the car to a stop with the foot brake, hold the
brake on, and shift into Park, set the hand brake and then turn off
the engine.

Your 4 speed automatic transmission is equipped with a torque
converter lock-up clutch. Because of this, you may notice what
feels like an extra shift as the clutch engages.

Shift into P only after the car has come to a complete stop.
Shift into or out of R only after the car has come to a complete
Do not "rev-up" the engine when the brake is on and the shift
lever is in D4, D3, 2, 1, or R.
When stopped on a hill, use the brakes to hold your position, not
the accelerator pedal.
Do not shift from N or P into D4, D3, 2, 1, or R when the engine
is above idle speed. Before shifting into gear, make sure your
foot is firmly on the brake pedal.
Do not rest your hand on the shift lever or push the lock-out
button while driving.


Shifting the Automatic (cont'd)
Driving Technique
Use the D4 range for normal in-town and highway driving. The car
will start off in 1st and shift automatically to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. The
further down you push the accelerator, the later the transmission
will shift and the faster the car will accelerate.
Use of D3 will allow the transmission to start off in 1st and shift
automatically to 2nd and 3rd. Use D 3 when climbing grades to
prevent the transmission from "hunting" between 3rd and 4th gear;
or when increased braking is needed.

If rapid acceleration is necessary, depress the accelerator to the
floor; the transmission will automatically shift down according to
load and engine speed. This applies to both D4 and D3 ranges.
Use 2nd gear for increased engine braking when driving downhill,
and increased power when driving uphill; also for driving on slippery
roads, and freeing the car from mud or sand, where 1st gear could
provide too much power and cause skidding or wheelspin. The
maximum recommended speed in 2nd gear is: 69 mph (110 km/h).
This position is to be used when stronger engine braking is needed.
The maximum recommended speed in 1st gear is: 31 mph (50 km/h).

Shift into or out of reverse only after the car has come to a
complete stop; the transmission may be damaged if you shift
while the car is moving.

Use this position when starting the engine, or when parking. Shift
into Park only when the car is COMPLETELY stopped.
Use when starting the engine or during prolonged idling in traffic.

Towing a Trailer
Your car is designed primarily to carry passengers and a normal
amount of luggage. Although your car is capable of towing a trailer,
there will be an effect on handling, performance, braking, general
vehicle and tire durability and fuel economy.
The weight of the trailer plus its cargo must not exceed a total
of 1,000 Ibs. (450 kg).
The gross vehicle weight must not exceed the Gross Vehicle
Weight Rating (GVWR) indicated on the Certification label (see
page 160 ). The gross vehicle weight is the total weight of the
car, driver, passengers, luggage, hitch, and trailer tongue load.
The total weight supported by each axle must not exceed the
Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). The front and rear GAWR's
are shown on the Certification label (see page 160 ). The
distribution of luggage and passengers in the car, as well as the
tongue load and hitch weight should also be considered in terms
of the GAWR, which is the maximum amount of weight that
should be supported over the front and the rear axles. You
should have your car and trailer weighed at a commercial
weighing station to check both the GVWR and GAWR's to
confirm that the total weight and weight distribution are within
safe driving limits.
The maximum trailer tongue load must not exceed 100 Ibs. (45
kg). Cargo should be distributed so that the tongue load is
approximately 10% of the total weight of the trailer and its
cargo. This is done by distributing approximately 6 0 % of cargo
weight toward the front of the trailer and 4 0 % toward the rear.

Maximum: 1,000 Ibs (450 kg)


Maximum: 100 Ibs (45 kg)

Never load the trailer so that the back is heavier than the front.
This will seriously affect vehicle handling. Be sure the cargo is
secured so that it will not move during driving.

Towing a Trailer (cont'd)
Use only a hitch recommended by your Honda dealer. The hitch
should be bolted securely to the car and installed by a qualified
technician. Do not use a hitch designed for temporary installation
and never use one that attaches only to the bumper.
Trailer Brakes and Safety Chains
The Honda Automobile Division recommends that trailers equipped
with brakes should conform to any applicable federal and state/
provinces regulations. When using a trailer equipped with electric
brakes, a trailer brake controller that connects to the car's electrical
system is recommended. Installing a brake controller that connects
to the car's brake hydraulic system could result in brake fluid
contamination or leaks. A safety chain must always be used
between the car and the trailer. Leave sufficient slack in the chain
so that it does not bind in sharp turns. The chain should cross under
the trailer tongue to prevent the tongue from dropping to the
Make sure your car's tires are properly inflated. Adjust tire pressure
to the recommended tire pressure indicated on the label attached to
the driver's door jamb. The trailer tires should be of the proper size,
load rating and inflated to the pressure recommended by the trailer
Trailer Lights
Trailer lights must comply with federal, state/province and local
regulations. See your local recreational vehicle dealer or rental
agency for the correct type of lighting and wiring for your trailer.
Check for correct operation of the turn signals and stop lights each
time you hitch up.
A trailer lighting connector is provided behind the left garnish by
the taillight access door in the trunk. The wiring color codes are
described on the next page.






To connect your car's taillights to a trailer, an electrical converter
must be installed in the car. Your car has separate bulbs for brake
(red) and turn signal lights (amber), while most trailers use the same
bulb for brake and turn signal lights. A converter, available at most
trailer supply stores, should be installed according to the instructions supplied by the converter manufacturer.
For information regarding trailer hitch and trailer electrical wiring
availability, contact your Honda dealer or American Honda Motor Co.,
Inc. (for US cars), or Honda Canada (for Canada cars). See page 93
for American Honda and Honda Canada addresses.

Connections to your car's electrical system should be made by
your Honda dealer or a qualified electrician. Improper installation
may damage your vehicle's electrical system and cause a
malfunction of the lights.
Break-in Schedule
Do not tow a trailer during the 600 miles (1,000 km) break-in period
(see page 2 ).
If you tow a trailer, your vehicle will require more frequent
maintenance due to the additional load. Refer to the "Maintenance
schedule under severe driving conditions" on page 114 for specific


Towing a Trailer (cont'd)
Before Towing
With the car and trailer completely loaded and parked on a level
surface, confirm that the tongue loading is correct. If the car has an
abnormal nose-up or nose-down attitude, check for improper cargo
distribution. Check also for excessive cargo weight, worn
suspension or other causes and correct the problem before driving.
Be sure the cargo is secured so it will not shift while driving. Check
that your rearview mirrors conform to any federal, state or province,
or local regulations. If not, install rearview mirrors designed for
towing. Before towing a trailer, practice turning, stopping, and
reversing with a trailer in an area away from traffic until you learn
the technique.
Towing Safety
Stopping distance will be increased when towing a trailer. For
each 10 mph (16 km/h) of speed, allow at least two car lengths
between you and the vehicle ahead. Avoid sudden braking
which may cause trailer jackknifing and loss of control.
Avoid jerky starts and rapid acceleration. If your car has a
manual transmission, always start out in first gear and release
the clutch at moderate engine rpm.
Avoid rapid lane changing and sharp turns. The trailer could hit
your car in a tight turn. Slow down before making a turn.
Remember, the total length of your car plus trailer will require a
wider turning circle.
Crosswinds may adversely affect handling of your car and
trailer. Use the rearview mirrors frequently to warn you of
approaching large vehicles that may pass you, causing your car
and trailer to sway. When being passed, firmly grip the steering
wheel and be prepared to reduce speed immediately but
gradually. Never increase speed. Steer straight ahead.
Towing a trailer in bad weather will magnify any difficulty in
controlling the car caused by the weather itself. Avoid sudden
maneuvers: slow down and use extra caution.
Be careful when passing other vehicles. Passing requires
considerable distance because of the added weight and length
of your trailer.


Before starting out, check the operation of the lights and all car/
trailer connections. After driving a short distance, stop and
recheck the lights and connections.
Reversing is difficult and requires practice. While backing-up,
the trailer may pivot off-course. To correct for this, grip the
bottom of the steering wheel and move your hand to the left to
move the trailer to the left; or to the right to move the trailer to
the right. Turn the steering wheel a little at a time, and keep the
speed very low. Have someone guide you when backing.
To help prevent overheating of the brakes, shift into a lower
gear to make use of engine braking before descending steep or
long grades. Do not make sudden downshifts.
Pay strict attention to the coolant temperature gauge when
going up hills. Because of the added load of the trailer, your car's
engine may overheat on hot days. Turning off the air
conditioning will reduce the load on the cooling system.
On cars equipped with automatic transmission.
— Do not hold the car stationary on an incline by using the
accelerator pedal; this can cause the transmission fluid to
overheat. Instead, use the handbrake or footbrake.
— When towing trailers, avoid high transmission fluid
temperatures (caused by the transmission frequently shifting
between 3rd and 4th gears) by driving in D3.

Be sure to check state/province and local laws concerning
maximum speed or other driving restrictions for cars towing trailers.
If you are driving across several states/provinces, or countries,
check all requirements before leaving home, because restrictions
may vary.
Parking with a Trailer
Whenever parking your car on an incline with a trailer attached,
place and seat chocks at each wheel of the car and trailer. This is in
addition to the normal parking preparations of firmly applying the
parking brake and placing the transmission in first or reverse
(manual transmission) or P (automatic transmission).
Parking on an incline is not recommended and should be done only
if it cannot be avoided. Follow all precautions mentioned above
and turn the wheels to point towards a curb if facing downhill,
away from a curb if facing uphill. When leaving an inclined parking
place, move the car slightly to unseat the chocks. Then, while
keeping the foot brakes firmly applied, have an assistant remove
the chocks.

Maintenance Schedule and Records
Your Honda automobile must be properly maintained to ensure that
it is in peak operating condition and the emission levels are within
the standards set by the Federal Clean Air A c t * * .
The following instructions and maintenance procedures are based
on the assumption that your car will be used exclusively for the
purpose for which it was designed:
1. To carry passengers and cargo within the load limits shown on
the label on the driver's door jamb.
2. To be driven on reasonable road surfaces within legal limits.
3. To generally be driven daily over a distance of several miles
4. To use gasoline from pumps labeled unleaded, with a pump
octane number of 86 or higher.

Failures which occur due to a lack of maintenance will not be
covered under warranty.
The Required Maintenance Schedule* specifies all maintenance
required to keep your car in peak operating condition. Work should
be done by a Honda dealer but may be done by any qualified service
facility or individual who is competent in this type of work.
US Cars:
Maintenance, replacement, or repair of emission control devices
and systems may be done by any automotive repair establishment
or individual using parts that are "certified" to EPA standards.
After the maintenance has been done, be sure to have your servicing dealer complete the Maintenance Record on pages 113 — 115. All
required maintenance is considered normal owner operating cost
and you will be charged for it by your dealer.
* For vehicles sold in California, maintenance operations indicated
by *3 on page 112 are recommended by the manufacturer. Other
maintenance operations are required by California regulations and
condition the emission warranty.
** In Canada, Schedule E (S1101, S1102, S1103, and S1105) of the
Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, legislated in 1971 and as

Check the following items at each fuel stop:
1. Engine oil level.
2. Engine coolant level.
Check the following items periodically:
1. Brakes: for braking efficiency, brake pedal travel and hydraulic
fluid level.
2. Lights: for operation of headlights, taillights, side marker lights,
stoplights, turn signals, and back-up lights.
3. Tires: for correct pressures (including spare), inspect for cuts and
uneven or excessive wear. Rotate every 7,500 miles (12,000 km)
in the pattern shown on page 140.
4. Steering: for excessive play or vibration while driving.
5. Exhaust system: for leaks or loose mounts.
6. Wipers: for operation of windshield wipers and washer, and
condition of wiper blades.
7. Seat belts: for condition of fabric and buckles, and operation of
the restraint mechanism.
8. Battery condition.
The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) must be inspected by an
authorized Honda dealer ten years after the date of manufacture
printed on the certification label attached to the left rear door jamb.
To serve as a reminder, note the date of manufacture and SRS
inspection date here:
SRS Inspection:
(add ten years to date of manufacture)


Maintenance Schedule and Records (cont'd)

(see page 23 ).
Check oil and coolant level at each fuel stop.
Under severe driving conditions, service These items more often. (See page 114.)

Required Maintenance Record
Have your servicing dealer record all Required Maintenance below.
Keep receipts for all work done on your car.


Maintenance Schedule and Records (cont'd)
Severe Driving Conditions

The following items must be serviced more frequently on cars
normally used under severe driving conditions. Refer to the chart
below for the appropriate maintenance intervals.
Severe driving conditions include:
A: Repeated short distance driving
B: Driving in dusty conditions
C: Driving in severe cold weather
D: Driving in areas with road salt or other corrosive materials
E: Driving on rough or muddy roads
F: Towing a trailer

I -Inspect
After inspection, clean, adjust, repair or replace if necessary.
Non-Scheduled Maintenance Record
Record additional maintenance for severe driving conditions or nonscheduled maintenance on this page. (See page 112.)

Fluid Locations

(Yellow marking)


(US: EX/SE/Anniversary Edition,
Canada: EX-R/SE)


(5-Speed Manual
Transmission Only)


(Orange marking)



Engine Oil and Filter
Check the engine oil a couple of minutes after shutting the engine
off, with the car parked on level ground. Remove the dipstick
(orange marking) and wipe it clean. Re-insert it all the way down,
then pull it out and read the level. The level should be between the
upper and lower marks.



If the level has dropped close to the lower mark, add oil until it is
even with the upper mark.
1. Turn the engine oil fill cap counterclockwise to remove. Add oil,
then check the level again. Do not overfill.
2. Reinstall the cap and twist clockwise until it stops.

Be sure the engine oil fill cap is correctly replaced before starting
the engine.
Recommended Oil
Oil is a major contributor to your engine's performance and
longevity. Always use a premium-grade detergent oil. You can
determine an oil's SAE viscosity and Service Classification from the
API Service label on the oil container. It should look like this:


Engine Oil and Filter (cont'd)
The numbers in the middle tell you the oil's SAE viscosity or weight.
Select the oil for your car according to this chart:
Ambient Temperature

An oil with a viscosity of 5W-30 is preferred for improved fuel
economy and year-round protection in your Honda. You may use a
10W-30 oil if the climate in your area is limited to the temperature
range shown on the chart.
A fuel-efficient oil is recommended for your Honda. This is shown
on the API Service label by the words "Energy Conserving II." This
oil is formulated to help your engine use less fuel.
The API Service label also tells you the service classification of the
Always use an oil that says "API Service SG." This service rating
may also include other designations, such as CD. These additional
classifications are not a problem, as long as the label also carries the
SG classification. An oil that is only classified SF is not
Changing Oil and Filter
Engine oil and the filter should be changed together every 6 months
or 7,500 miles (12,000 km), whichever comes first. The filter is
located on the engine block, below the intake manifold.

The oil filter cannot easily be removed from above the engine. For
this reason it is recommended that the oil filter change be done by
a skilled mechanic.
1. Start the car to warm up the
engine, then shut it off.
2. Remove the engine oil fill cap and
drain bolt, and drain the oil.
A warmed-up engine and the oil in
it are hot; be careful not to burn


3. Remove the oil filter and let the
remaining oil drain out.
4. Install a new filter according to
the instructions on or with the
5. Reinstall the drain bolt with a new
washer and tighten it securely.
Refill the engine with the recommended oil, to the upper mark on
the dipstick.
(including filter):
3.8 (4.0 US q t , 3.3 Imp qt)
6. Reinstall the engine oil fill cap
7. Start the engine and make sure oil is not leaking from the drain
bolt or the filter.
8. Shut off the engine and recheck the oil level.

Please dispose of used motor oil in a manner that is compatible with
the environment. We suggest you take it in a sealed container to
your local service station for reclamation. Do not throw it in the
trash or pour it on the ground.

Used motor oil may cause skin cancer if repeatedly left in contact
with the skin for prolonged periods. Although this is unlikely
unless you handle used oil on a daily basis, it is still advisable to
thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water as soon as
possible after handling used oil.

Transmission Oil/Fluid Check
Transmission oil/fluid must be checked with the engine off and the
car on level ground.

If the engine has been running, some engine components may
be hot enough to burn you.
Keep hands away from the radiator fan. The fan may start
automatically without warning and run for up to 15 minutes,
even after the engine is turned off.

If the oil/fluid level is low, check for possible leaks before adding
oil. Do not overfill.
Since the transmission and differential are in the same housing, you
are actually checking both oil/fluid levels in one procedure. Change
transmission oil/fluid according to the Maintenance Schedule on
page 112.
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Remove the oil filler bolt (beside the right axle). Feel inside the bolt
hole with your finger. If the oil is up to the bottom edge of the hole,
the oil level is correct. If it is not, slowly add oil until it runs out of
the hole, then reinstall the bolt and tighten it securely with a wrench.




(2.0 US q t , 1.7 Imp qt)

Use only API Service SF or SG grade motor oil when adding or
changing transmission oil.

Use t h e p r o p e r S A E
viscosity oil for the climate
in which you drive:

Ambient Temperature

Automatic Transmission
The automatic transmission fluid level is checked (with the engine
off and the car on level ground) using the dipstick (with the yellow
marking) in the right end of the transmission housing. Remove the
dipstick and wipe it off.


Insert the dipstick and remove it. The fluid level should be between
the upper and lower marks.
If necessary, add fluid and recheck. Use Honda Premium Formula
Automatic Transmission Fluid or an equivalent DEXRON® II
Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) only when adding or changing
fluid. After checking the fluid level, push the dipstick in securely.

(2.5 US qt , 2.1 Imp qt)

Cooling System
The engine in your Honda contains a number of aluminum parts.
Therefore, it requires an antifreeze/coolant specifically formulated
to protect the aluminum parts from corrosion. Failure to use a
suitable antifreeze/coolant may seriously shorten the life of the
engine as the result of rapid corrosion damage. Some antifreeze/
coolants, although labeled for use in engines containing aluminum,
may not provide adequate protection for your engine.
Therefore, use only a Honda-recommended antifreeze/coolant.
For best corrosion protection, the mixture of coolant and water
must be maintained year-round at 50/50. Concentrations less than
50% coolant may not provide sufficient protection against
corrosion and freezing. Concentrations of greater than 60% coolant
will impair cooling efficiency and are not recommended. Lowmineral drinking water or distilled water should be mixed with the
antifreeze/coolant. Coolant loss should be replenished by a mixture
containing the proper concentration of antifreeze and water.
Do not mix different antifreeze/coolants.
Do not use additional rust inhibitors or anti-rust products, as they
may not be compatible with the coolant.
Checking Engine Coolant
Check the coolant level in the reserve tank when the engine is at
normal operating temperature.
If the level is below the MAX
mark, but still visible, add a 50/50
solution of antifreeze and water
to bring it up to MAX.
If there is no coolant in the reserve tank, the cooling system
should be checked for leaks and
repaired if necessary. Coolant
must then be added to the radiator.

Do not remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot; the
coolant is under pressure and could severely scald you.
Keep hands away from the radiator fan. The fan may start
automatically without warning and run for up to 15 minutes,
even after the engine is turned off.

Engine coolant will damage paint. Quickly rinse any spilled coolant
from painted surfaces.
Wait until the engine is cool, then turn the radiator cap counterclockwise until it stops. DO NOT PRESS DOWN WHILE TURNING THE
CAP. After any remaining pressure has been relieved, remove the
cap by pressing down and again turning it counterclockwise. Add
enough coolant to fill the radiator, and reinstall the cap. Be sure to
tighten it securely. Fill the reserve tank up to the MAX mark with
the engine cold.
1. Check the freeze protection level of the coolant with a hydrometer.
2. Keep the front of the radiator free of dirt and debris.
3. Check hoses and hose clamps regularly.
Replacing Engine Coolant
Replace coolant at 36 months or 45,000 miles (72,000 km), whichever comes first. Thereafter, replace every 2 years or 30,000 miles
(48,000 km), whichever comes first.
(including reserve tank)
Reserve tank capacity:
5-speed manual transmission: 3.0
Automatic transmission:

(0.16 US gal, 0.13 Imp gal)
(0.79 US gal, 0.66 Imp gal)
(0.92 US gal, 0.77 Imp gal)


Cooling System (cont'd)
1. Set the heater temperature control dial/lever to maximum heat.
2. Remove the radiator cap and loosen the drain plug when the
radiator is cool, and drain the radiator.



3. Remove the drain bolt from the
rear side of the cylinder block,
and drain the engine and heater.
4. Apply non-hardening sealant to
the drain bolt threads, then reinstall the bolt and tighten it seFill to here.
5. Tighten the radiator drain plug securely.
6. Mix the recommended antifreeze
with an equal amount of lowmineral or distilled water and fill
the reservoir to maximum, as
7. Loosen the air bleed bolt in the FILLER NECK
water outlet, then fill the radiator
to the filler neck with the coolant
mixture. Tighten the bleed bolt as
Fill to here.
soon as coolant starts to run out
in a steady stream without bubbles.
8. With the radiator cap off, start the engine and let it run until
warmed up (fan goes on at least twice). Then, if necessary, add
more coolant mix to bring the level back up to the filler neck.
9. Put the radiator cap on, then run the engine again and check for

Brake System Design
The diagonally-separated dual service brake system is designed so half
the system will still provide braking
action if the other half fails.
Stopping the car after losing the
brake fluid from half the system will
require more pedal pressure and
pedal travel than normal. Also, the
distance required to stop will be longer using only half the brake
system. If the brakes fail suddenly, downshift to a lower gear for
increased engine braking, and pull off the road as soon as possible.

It is hazardous to drive your car with a problem in either the
brake electrical or hydraulic system; have your dealer check
both systems if you suspect brake trouble.
Do not ride the brakes. In other words, don't put your foot on
the brake pedal unless you intend to brake. This causes
excessive brake wear and can damage, or lead to loss of braking
effectiveness through overheating. Your brake lights may also
confuse drivers behind you.
Driving through deep water may affect the brakes.
Check their effectiveness by pressing the brake pedal gently.
If the car does not slow down at the normal rate, continue
gently applying the brakes, while maintaining a safe speed, until
they dry out and normal performance returns.
Brake Wear
Both front and rear brakes should be inspected for wear at the
intervals shown in the Maintenance Schedule on page 112.
When the brakes require maintenance, use only genuine Honda
replacement parts or their equivalent.
Brake Wear Indicators
Your car is equipped with audible brake wear indicators. When the
brake pads need to be replaced, the wear indicators will make a
"screeching" sound or a high-pitched chirp.

Due to some driving habits or climates, brakes may "squeal" when
you first apply them or when you have them partially applied; this is
normal, and does not indicate excessive wear. The wear indicator
makes a "screeching" sound while the brakes are applied.


Brakes (cont'd)
Brake Fluid
Check the fluid level in the brake
reservoir periodically; it should be
between the MAX and MIN marks
on the reservoir.
If the level is near the MIN mark, add
fluid to raise it to the MAX mark. Do
not overfill. Use only brake fluid
manufactured to DOT 3 or DOT 4
specifications (see reservoir cap)
from a sealed container. Follow the
manufacturer's instructions printed
on the can.



A low brake fluid level may be an indication of brake pad wear or of
brake fluid leakage. You should have your brakes checked if the
brake fluid level in the reservoir is low before re-filling it.

The arrow on the reservoir cap must be pointing forward after the
cap is installed. Make sure the brake warning switch wiring doesn't
get caught between the cap and top edge of the reservoir.
Anti-lock Brake Fluid
(US: EX/SE/Anniversary Edition,
Canada: EX-R/SE)
Check the fluid level in the ABS
reservoir periodically.
To check, drive the car for a few
minutes to equalize fluid pressure in
the system.
The level should be between the
MAX and MIN marks on the
reservoir. If the level is near the MIN
mark, add fluid to raise it to the
MAX mark.
Do not overfill. Use only brake fluid
manufactured to DOT 3 or DOT 4
specifications from a sealed container.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions printed on the can.
If the level is more than 10 mm (0.4 in) above the MAX mark, it may
indicate a malfunction of ABS. Have an authorized Honda dealer
check the system as soon as possible.

Clutch Fluid (5-Speed Manual Transmission)
Check the fluid level in the clutch
reservoir periodically; it should be
between the MAX and MIN marks
on the reservoir.
If the level is near the MIN mark, add
fluid to raise it to the MAX mark. Do
not overfill. Use only brake fluid
manufactured to DOT 3 or DOT 4
specifications from a sealed container. Follow the manufacturer's instructions printed on the can.



A low clutch fluid level may be an indication of clutch fluid leakage.
You should have your clutch checked if the clutch fluid level in the
reservoir is low.

Power Steering
The power steering on your car helps provide easy handling while
parking and maneuvering in traffic, without loss of road " f e e l " at
highway speeds. An engine-driven hydraulic pump provides full
power assist at low speeds and decreasing assist as the car goes

If the power steering system should fail, or if the engine should
stall, the car can still be steered. However, much greater effort
will be required, particularly in sharp turns at low speed.

You may feel a slight clunk or knock when turning the wheel with
the engine off. This is a normal condition due to the design of the
Power Steering Fluid
Check the power steering fluid level
with the engine cold and the car
parked on level ground. Make sure
the fluid level is between the upper
and lower marks on the reservoir. If UPPER
the level has dropped close to or
below the lower mark, check for LOWER
leaks before adding fluid to the
upper mark. Do not overfill.

Use only GENUINE HONDA Power Steering Fluid-V. The use of
other fluids such as A.T.F. or other manufacturer's power steering
fluid will damage the system.

Air Cleaner and Fuel Filters
Air Cleaner
Replace the air cleaner element every 24 months or 30,000 miles
(48,000 km), whichever comes first (more often in extremely dusty
Loosen the attaching bolts, then remove the air cleaner housing
Remove the air cleaner element and replace it with a new air cleaner
element. Reinstall the cover and tighten the bolts.


Fuel Filters
The fuel filter is located in the engine compartment, on the right
center of the lower dashboard. It should be replaced at 60,000 miles
(96,000 km) or 48 months whichever comes first, or any time you
suspect contaminated fuel may have clogged it.
Because the fuel system is under pressure, the filter should be
replaced only by a qualified Honda technician.

Spark Plugs
Spark plugs should be replaced every 24 months or 30,000 miles
(48,000 km), whichever comes first.
Recommended spark plugs:
(for all normal driving)
(for hot climates or continuous high speed driving)

Keep hands away from the radiator fan. The fan may start
automatically without warning and run for up to 15 minutes, even
after the engine is turned off.

Never use spark plugs with an improper heat range; they will
adversely affect engine performance and durability.
Replace plugs one at a time, so you don't get the wires mixed up.
1. Clean any dirt from around the spark plug base.
2. Disconnect the plug cap, then remove and discard the old plug.
3. Check the gap of the new spark plug before installation.
Plug gap should be:
1.1 mm (0.04 in)
4. Thread the new spark plug in by hand to prevent cross-threading.
5. After the plug seats against the cylinder head, tighten 1/2 turn
with a spark plug wrench to compress the washer.
6. Reinstall the spark plug cap.

The spark plugs must be securely tightened, but not overtightened.
A plug that's too loose can get very hot and possibly damage the
engine; one that's too tight could damage the threads in the
cylinder head.

Thread in by hand.


Wiper Blades
For maximum visibility, replace worn or cracked wiper blades when
you notice they do not wipe the windshield cleanly or smoothly.
To Replace Worn-out Blades
1. Detach the blade assembly from
the arm by pressing the lock tab
in, then pushing the blade toward
the base of the arm.

2. Firmly grasp the end of the blade
rubber and pull until the tabs are
free of the metal support.

Press Lock
Tab in


Pull out


3. Remove the metal retainers from
the worn-out blade rubber and
put them in a new blade rubber.


4. Insert the new blade rubber from
the opposite side of the blade
tabs and position the tabs in the
metal support.

5. Reinstall the blade assembly on
the wiper arm.

The condition of the battery can be determined by checking the
test indicator. Service as required according to the label on the
Any corrosion around the positive and negative terminals should be
washed off with a solution of baking soda and warm water. Dry the
terminals and then coat them with grease.



The battery gives off explosive gases; keep sparks, flames, and
cigarettes away. Provide adequate ventilation when charging or
using the battery in an enclosed space.
The battery contains sulfuric acid (electrolyte). Contact with
skin or eyes may cause severe burns. Wear protective clothing
and a face shield.
— If electrolyte gets on your skin, flush with water.
— If electrolyte gets in your eyes, flush with water for at least
15 minutes and call a physician immediately.
Electrolyte is poisonous.
— If swallowed, drink large quantities of water or milk and follow
with milk of magnesia or vegetable oil and get immediate
medical assistance.

Fuse Replacement
One of the t w o fuse boxes in your car is located under the
dashboard on the driver's side. The circuits protected by each fuse
are listed inside the fuse box cover. To open the fuse box, turn the
knob as shown.

If any of your car's lights, accessories, or controls don't work,
check their fuses. If a fuse has blown, the wire inside it will be
burned through.

Checking the fuses:
1. Turn off the ignition and all other switches.
2. If you find a blown or possibly faulty fuse, use the fuse remover
stored beside the spare fuse to pull the blown fuse out of its clips.
3. Check all other fuses as well as the one you suspect.
4. Push in a new fuse of the same rating, and make sure it fits tightly
in the clips. If it fits loosely, have your dealer fix it.
If you don't have a spare, take a fuse of the same rating (or lower)
out of a circuit you may not need, like the radio or cigarette lighter.
Remember to replace the borrowed fuse and the missing spares.


Fuse Replacement (cont'd)

A blown fuse may be just a symptom of some other problem. If a
new fuse blows right away, the cause should be diagnosed and
corrected by a qualified Honda technician. Never replace a fuse
with anything but another fuse of the same or lower rating. A
higher capacity fuse could cause damage and even start a fire.
The main fuses and some primary
fuses are installed in the fuse box on
the right front fender in the engine
If the circuits from the battery are
ever overloaded (by a short in the
system drawing too much current
for example), a main fuse will blow
preventing damage to the entire
wiring harness. If the main fuse
blows, have a Honda dealer check
the system, repair the cause, and
replace the fuse.
(US: EX/SE/Anniversary Edition,
Canada: EX-R/SE)
The fuses for Anti-lock brake
system are installed next to the air
cleaner housing.


The electrical system is protected by fuses that are designed to
fail and prevent damage to the wire harness. Always replace
blown fuses with the same rating as specified to prevent wiring
damage that can result in a possible fire.
For proper electrical contact after replacing these fuses, make
sure all screws are tight.

Bulb Replacement
See page 159 for bulb specifications.
Front turn signal lights

Front side marker and turn signal
lights/position lights

Rear turn signal/brake and taillights

Brake and taillights/
back-up lights

License plate lights


Bulb Replacement (cont'd)
Interior light

Vanity mirror light
(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition,
Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)

Door courtesy lights
(US: LX/EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX/EX-R/SE)


High-mount brake light

Trunk light

The factory installed tires on your car were selected to match the
car's performance capabilities and to provide the best combination
of handling, ride comfort, and tread wear.
We recommend that you get the same size, type, and grade of tires
when replacement is necessary. If your tires have an all-season
tread design, the model name will be followed by the marking: "M +
S" (mud and snow) or "all-season".
If you decide not to get the same brand of tires as those originally
installed, you should make sure that the replacements are the radial
type, of the same size, load range, and speed rating as the original
If you have any questions about your car's tires, please contact
your Honda dealer.
Inflation Pressures
The tire label on the driver's door (US Cars)
jamb shows recommended tire pressures for carrying loads up to the
limit shown.
These pressures were chosen to
provide you with the best combination of tread life, riding comfort
and stability under normal driving
Improper inflation can reduce both
(Canada Cars)
tire life and load carrying capacity.
Check the tire pressures at least once a month, including the spare.
Lower pressure than recommended lets the tread and sidewalls flex
too much, causing increased tire temperatures, uneven wear, and
poor handling. Pressure higher than recommended can make the tire
too stiff, increasing the chance of damage from road hazards, and
also causing uneven wear.

Check tire pressure when the tires are cold.
(After the car has been parked for more than 3 hours or driven
less than 1 mile/1.6 km.)
Tire pressure may increase as much as 41 kPa (6 psi) when the
tire is hot, so NEVER ADJUST tire pressure when the tires are
Never inflate load range B tires to more than 220 kPa (32 psi)
Cars with luggage racks or cartop carriers DO NOT have greater
load limits than those on the label.


Tires (cont'd)
Winter Driving
Tires marked "M + S" or "all season" have an all-weather tread
design and should be suitable for most driving conditions. However,
snow tires and tire chains may be required under some conditions. If
your tires do not have these markings, they may not be suitable for
winter driving conditions. We recommend snow tires or tire chains
for snow and icy conditions.
Snow Tires
If you use snow tires, they should be of the same size, construction
and load capacity as the original tires on your car. Snow tires must
be installed in sets of four, or they may cause poor handling. Driving
with snow tires on dry roads can reduce your car's performance
during acceleration, turning, and stopping.
If you need further information on snow tires, please contact your
Honda dealer.
Tire Chains
Use chains only when conditions require them. Check with local
authorities for requirements prior to installing tire chains. Make sure
the chains are the right size for your tires. Install them only on the
drive wheels of your car, and do so as tightly as possible, following
the manufacturer's instructions. If metal chains are used, they must
be SAE Class " S . " Cable type traction devices can also be used.
Drive slowly with chains installed. If you hear the chains contacting
your car's body or chassis, stop and tighten them.


If the contact continues, slow down until it stops or your car can
be damaged.
Chains that are the wrong size or improperly installed can
damage your car's brake lines, suspension, body, and wheels.
If you need further information on tire chains, please see your
Honda dealer.
Remove the chains as soon as the road is clear of ice and snow.

Tire Replacement
Honda recommends that you replace tires in sets of four, or in pairs,
front or rear. If you need to replace only one tire, mount the new
tire opposite the tire showing the least amount of wear.
For instance, if the left front tire shows the least amount of wear,
mount the new tire on the front right side.
The original tires on your car have
tread wear indicators to indicate
when they should be replaced. The
indicators appear as bands about
12.7 mm (1/2 in) wide when the tire
tread depth is less than 1.6 mm
(1/16 in). When indicators appear
across t w o or more grooves in a
row, you should replace the tire.



Driving on worn-out tires is very hazardous, and will reduce
braking effectiveness, steering accuracy and traction.
When replacing
rim widths and
Motor Co., Ltd.
the inside of the

tires, use only the recommended tire size. Wheel
offsets must be those recommended by Honda
Contact the Zone Office nearest you as shown on
back cover.

Tires and wheels other than those recommended may be unsafe.
Do not mix radial and bias ply tires on the same car.


Tires (cont'd)
Tire Balancing
Unbalanced tires may affect handling and tire wear. A tire should
always be rebalanced after it has been dismounted from the wheel.
Your original tires were properly balanced before the car left the
factory, but may need rebalancing at some time during the life of the
tire. Tire balancing for the COMPACT spare is not necessary.

Use only Genuine Honda aluminum wheel weights if your car is
equipped with aluminum wheels. Non genuine Honda wheel
weights may corrode and damage the aluminum wheel.
Tire Rotation
Tires may wear unevenly when used for a long time in the same
position on the car. To avoid this, rotate the tires every 7,500 miles
(12,000 km). If abnormal or uneven wear develops between
rotations, the cause should be found and corrected as soon as
possible. The illustration shows how the tires can be rotated. The
COMPACT spare tire must not be included in tire rotation.

Brake pads should be inspected for wear whenever the tires are


Tire Traction
Worn tires or slippery road surfaces can reduce driving, cornering
and braking traction. To reduce the possibility of losing traction,
slow down when the road gets slippery, replace tires when wear
indicators are visible, and KEEP TIRES PROPERLY INFLATED.

Air Conditioning Care
Condenser and Radiator
Check the engine radiator and the air conditioning condenser (in
front of the radiator) for accumulated dirt, insects or leaves.
Carefully brush or hose them off to assure maximum cooling

Radiator and condenser fins are very thin and easily damaged; do
not bend them with the high water pressure or brush.
Compressor Drive Belt
Check the compressor belt tension monthly, during periods when
you use the air conditioning a lot.
If the engine has been running, some engine components may be
hot enough to burn you.
When pushed with 98 N (22 Ib) of force midway between the
alternator pulley and the engine crankshaft pulley, the belt should
deflect about:
10—12 mm (0.4—0.5 in)



Air Conditioning Care (cont'd)
System Maintenance
Run your air conditioning at least once a week for about ten minutes,
even during the off season, to lubricate the seals and the inside of
the compressor and, to verify that the system is functional.
If the air conditioning is not cooling properly, it may indicate an
undercharged system. Have your dealer check the system for leaks,
then evacuate and charge the system with refrigerant 12.
Charging quantity:
8 0 0 - 8 5 0 g (28.3-30.1 oz)

Prolonged use of an undercharged system may damage the

Appearance Care
Interior Trim
Remove dust and loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner.
Wipe the vinyl with a clean, damp cloth or sponge. Stains can be
removed with a commercially available vinyl cleaner.
Leather Upholstery (SE)
Clean the leather upholstery with a mild soap and lukewarm water;
wipe with a damp cloth, then dry with a soft cloth. Never use
varnish or furniture polish on the interior.

Do not use thinner, gasoline, kerosene, naphtha, or other solvents
on the interior. They are toxic, flammable, and hazardous and
could damage the material you're cleaning.
A 10 to 1 mix of water and white vinegar, or a commercially
available glass cleaner may be used to clean windows and to remove
the dust film sometimes caused by the ingredients used in interior
vinyls and plastics.
Do not put this solution in the windshield washer reservoir, it will
damage the windshield washer pump.
Be careful not to scratch or damage the defogger wires when cleaning the inside of the rear window; wipe the window horizontally
along the wires, not up and down.
Dry the windows with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. Keep all the
windows clean for maximum visibility.


Appearance Care (cont'd)
Exterior Care
Rinse all loose dirt off the car by spraying it with lukewarm or cold
water. Do not use hot water.
Wash using a soft-bristle brush, sponge, or cloth with water
containing a mild detergent such as a liquid dishwashing detergent.
Remove oil, tar, tree sap, etc., with tar remover or turpentine.
Remove road salt, insects, etc., with mild detergent and lukewarm
water. Any of these substances may damage the finish if left on
painted surfaces.
Rinse the car well. Promptly wipe with a chamois or soft towel to
prevent water-spotting. Do not let water or soap air-dry on painted
During wiping, inspect the surface for stone chips and scratches;
paint them with touch-up paint so they won't rust (touch-up paint
is available through your Honda dealer).
For further instructions on corrosion protection, refer to the Rust
Prevention section on the next pages.
Wax the car when water will no longer "bead" on the paint.
Always wash and dry the car before you wax it.
Use a good quality liquid or paste wax, and follow the manufacturer's
instructions. Wax all the metal trim to keep its luster.
Removing oil, tar, etc., with a spot remover will usually strip the
wax from the surrounding finish. Be sure to re-wax these areas
even if the rest of the car does not yet need waxing.
Power Antenna Cleaning
Clean the antenna mast twice a year. Use mild dish detergent on a
dry cloth. Scrub the antenna in upward strokes to avoid bending it.
Rinse with water. The antenna does not need lublicating oil.

Aluminum Alloy Wheels
(US: EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX-R/SE)

Wash the wheels after driving on snowy or icy roads where salt
has been applied.
Avoid off-road driving. Brush, rocks, dirt, and severe impact
may damage the wheels.
Install tire chains carefully. Improperly installed chains can cause
damage to the wheels.
Honda aluminum wheels are treated with a protective finish.
Wash them with a low-phosphate detergent and sponge. Do not
use abrasive cleaners or stiff brushes.
Always install aluminum wheels in sets of four. If mixed with
other types, the car's handling may be affected.
Rust Prevention
Rusting is likely to occur in parts of the car where water is trapped
or where there is continual dampness.
Water will collect inside doors and body panels if drain holes
become clogged.
Water which seeps under or soaks floor mats will subject floor
sections to prolonged wetness or dampness.
Road dirt or sand, which collects and fills recesses on the
underside of the car, retains moisture long after the rest of the
car has dried.
The removal of paint and undercoating by stones, gravel, and minor
accidents immediately exposes metal to air and moisture.
Rusting is increased by high humidity and by the presence of
corrosive substances in the air or on the roads.
Salt used for road de-icing will coat the bottom of the car and
hasten rusting.
Localities with high humidity have greater potential for rust
problems, especially where salt is also present on the road or in
moist sea air.
Industrial pollution will accelerate the deterioration of paint
finishes and promote rusting.


Appearance Care (cont'd)
Preventive Service
Check all drain holes in the doors and body panels for clogging and
clear if necessary. When washing your car, also clean the underside
of the car by using high pressure water;
above subframe,
inside front fender,
rear suspension,
inside rear wheel housing,
under rear bumper.
After washing your car or after heavy rain, check for leaks. Dry any
wet areas of your car's interior. Have leaks repaired as soon as


Cars with ABS have a speed detection device mounted at each
wheel. Care should be taken when clearing mud, snow, etc., from
the wheels not to damage the detectors.

Body Repair
Replacement Body and Fender Parts
If your vehicle incurs body damage and requires replacement parts,
we encourage you to use only Genuine Honda sheet metal body and
fender parts. Many insurance companies are specifying imitation
sheet metal parts for collision repairs in an effort to reduce claim
costs; however, if imitation parts are used the following conditions
may apply:
There is no assurance that imitation parts will equal the fit and
finish of Genuine Honda sheet metal parts; and in our experience
they often do not.
There is no assurance that imitation parts will resist corrosion as
well as Genuine Honda sheet metal parts.
Imitation sheet metal parts are not covered by the Honda Limited
To ensure your continued satisfaction with your Honda vehicle in
the event of an accident, contact your insurance adjuster and insist
on Genuine Honda parts in the repair of your vehicle.

Spare Tire
COMPACT Spare Tire
Your car is supplied with a COMPACT spare tire and wheel for
temporary use only in the event of a flat tire. Use the COMPACT
spare only when you have to, and only to go as far as the next
garage or dealer to have the regular tire repaired and reinstalled.
Because you will rarely use the COMPACT spare, be sure to
regularly check its condition and air pressure (415 kPa, 60 psi), so it
will be ready when you need it. This type of tire holds less air at
higher pressure than a regular tire, so it will inflate (or deflate if there
is a leak) more rapidly; check its pressure often and add air gradually
if it needs any.
The COMPACT spare tire has a
different tire size, air pressure requirement, tread life and maximum speed rating than the four
regular tires on your car. Disregarding these warnings may result in tire failure, loss of vehicle
control and possible injury to
vehicle occupants.
Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) under any circumstances
when using the COMPACT spare.
Do not mount snow chains on the COMPACT spare. They will
not fit properly and will damage the tire and possibly your car. If
you must use the COMPACT spare when driving on roads
covered with snow or ice, use it as one of the rear tires and
mount chains only on the front two regular tires.



The COMPACT spare tire has a WEAR
much shorter tread life than regu- INDICATOR
lar tires. Replace the tire as soon
as tread wear indicators appear
as solid bands across the tread.
Replace with a tire of exactly the
same size and construction.
The COMPACT spare tire and
wheel set was designed especially for your car; do not use it
on any other vehicle; do not install any other tire on this wheel which is not identical to the
original in size and construction, and do not use the COMPACT
spare tire on any other wheel.
Because the COMPACT spare is smaller in size and higher in air
pressure than a regular tire, it will ride more harshly with less
ground clearance and may have less traction on some road
surfaces. Drive cautiously.

Changing a Flat Tire

Do not attempt to change a tire unless the car is on firm, level
ground and well out of the flow of traffic.
Park the car on a firm, level surface, apply the parking brake, turn
on the hazard warning switch, turn the ignition off and put the
transmission in gear (Park for automatic transmission).
1. Remove the cover.
2. Remove the jack.

Turn the connector on the end of the jack counterclockwise to
loosen it from its mount.


3. Remove the lug wrench/jack handle and jack handle extension
from the tool bag.
4. Remove the spare tire.
5. Place blocks in front and back of the wheel diagonally opposite
the tire you are changing.
6. Use the lug wrench to loosen the wheel lug nuts counterclockwise one-half turn.
(US: EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX-R/SE)
First remove the center cap from the wheel by prying it out with
a common flat screwdriver (not included in the tool kit).

Hold the center cap with your hand then pry it off using a rag to
protect the cap and the wheel.


Follow tire changing preparations and procedures carefully to
reduce the possibility of injury. The jack is designed for changing
tires only. STAND CLEAR, DO NOT get under the car and DO NOT
run the engine when the car is supported only by the jack.
7. Place the jack under the car as shown and raise the car by turning
the handle clockwise until the tire is slightly off the ground.
To reduce the possibility of injury, be sure to use the jack provided
with the car and the correct jacking points; never use any other
part of the car for jack support.


8. Remove the lug nuts and wheel.
(US: DX / LX, Canada: LX/ EX)
Remove the lug nuts, wheel cover, and wheel.




Changing a Flat Tire (cont'd)
9. Everytime you install the wheel on the brake hub, use a clean rag
to wipe any dirt off the mounting surface of the hub and the
wheel. This will assure a tight, even contact between the wheel
and hub.

10. Install the spare, and lug nuts hand tight.
11. Lower the car, remove the jack, then tighten the lug nuts
securely in an " X " pattern as shown.
12. Tighten the lug nuts to the recommended torque:
110 N.m (11 kg-m, 80 Ib-ft)
If a torque wrench was not used, ask an authorized Honda dealer
to verify the torque as soon as possible.

110 N.m (11 kg-m, 80 lb-ft)

13. Repair or replace the damaged tire as soon as you can, reinstall it
in its original position, then put the spare back in the car.

Always stow the jack, tools, and tire securely to prevent them
from becoming dangerous projectiles in an accident.
14. Secure the tire and the spacer as shown in the illustration.



Jump Starting
To start a car with a dead battery, use another battery of the same
voltage, and the proper jumper cables.
Procedures other than those below could cause injury or
damage from battery acid spray, explosion or charging system
Never connect the jumper cable directly to the negative post of
the "dead" battery.
Never allow the two cars to touch each other.
Never allow the jumper cable clamps to touch each other.
Never lean over the battery when making connections.
Never attempt to jump start a vehicle with a frozen battery. The
battery could rupture and explode. If you suspect a frozen
battery, remove the vent caps and check the fluid. If there
seems to be no fluid, or if you see ice, do not attempt a jump
start until the fluid thaws.

If jumper cables are connected backwards, the car's main fuse
may blow.
1. Turn off all lights, heater and other electrical loads, set the parking
brake, and shift the transmission to Neutral or Park.
2. Use one cable to connect the positive terminal of the booster
battery to the positive terminal of the "dead" battery.


Do not attach cable here.

Positive to positive

Negative to
the engine,
not to the battery


3. Use the other cable to connect the negative terminal of the
booster battery to the engine at the ground cable as shown.
4. To remove the cables, reverse the above procedures exactly.
DO NOT push or tow a car to start it. The forward surge when the
engine starts could cause a collision. Also, under some conditions,
the three way catalytic converter could be damaged. A car
equipped with an automatic transmission cannot be started by
pushing or towing.

(US: EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX-R/SE)
After jump-starting the car, there is a possibility that the ABS
indicator may come on due to insufficient battery voltage. After the
battery is sufficiently recharged and the engine is turned off and
restarted, the ABS indicator should indicate that the ABS is OK, by
coming on for a few seconds each time the engine is started. If the
indicator remains on after recharging, have it checked by a Honda

If towing is necessary, contact a professional towing service. Your
authorized Honda dealer can assist you with detailed towing
Never use tow chains or rope to tow a car; your ability to safely
control the car may be adversely affected.
We recommend the following:
Flat Bed Equipment —Entire car is winched on a flat bed vehicle.
This is the best way of transporting your Honda.
Wheel Lift Type—Tow with the front wheels off the ground.
If the car can only be towed with the front wheels on the ground,
make sure the transmission is full of fluid (see pages 120 — 121 ),
and tow with the transmission in neutral (N) and the ignition key in
the I position.

To avoid serious damage on automatic transmission cars, first
start the engine and shift to D4, then to N and shut the engine off.
If the engine does not run, or the transmission cannot be shifted
while the engine is running, the car must be transported on flat
bed equipment.
Check local regulations for towing.

Do not exceed 35 mph (55 km/h) or tow for distances of more
than 50 miles (80 km).
If a sling type tow is used, the tow truck driver should position
wood spacer blocks between your car's frame and the chains
and lift straps to avoid damaging the bumper and the body.
Do not use the bumpers to lift the car or to support the car's
weight while towing.

If Your Car Gets Stuck
If your car gets stuck in sand, mud, or snow, call a professional
towing service for assistance in getting your car out.

Do not rev up the engine and allow the wheels to spin freely at
high speed. Severe transmission damage may result if the
wheels are allowed to spin for more than a few seconds.
DO NOT try to free a car with automatic transmission from
snow, etc. by rocking the car alternately between forward and
reverse gears. Severe transmission damage may result from
shifting into gear with the wheels moving.


*1 Including the coolant in the reserve tank 0.6
remaining in the engine.
*2 Excluding the oil remaining in the engine.
*3 US Cars
*4 Canada Cars

(0.16 US gal, 0.13 Imp gal) and that

page 130.

Identification Numbers
The Vehicle Identification Number (V.I.N.) is stamped on a plate
attached to the top left side of the dashboard.
It also appears on the Certification label (Canada cars: Canada Motor
Vehicle Safety Standard Compliance Label) attached to the left rear
door jamb, as well as under the hood on the body, directly behind
the engine.

The V.I.N. is also provided in bar code on the Certification label.





The Engine Number is stamped on the right front side of the engine
The Transmission Number appears on a label on top of the

DOT Tire Quality Grades
US Cars
The tires on your car meet Federal Safety Requirements. All tires
are also "graded" according to Department of Transportation (DOT)
standards for tread wear, traction and temperature.
Three grades
are shown on the
tire sidewall.



Tread Wear
The tread wear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate
of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified
government test course. For example, a tire graded 150 would wear
one and one half (1-1/2) times as well on the government course as
a tire graded 100.
The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual
conditions of their use, however, and may depart significantly from
the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices and
differences in road characteristics and climate.
The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are A, B, and C, and
they represent the tire's ability to stop on wet pavement as
measured under controlled conditions on specified government test
surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C may have poor
traction performance.
The traction grades assigned are based on braking (straight ahead)
traction tests and do not include cornering (turning) traction.


DOT Tire Quality Grades (cont'd)
The temperature grades are A (the highest), B and C representing
the tire's resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to
dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a
specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature
can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life,
and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade
C corresponds to a level of performance which all passenger car
tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on
the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law.

The tire temperature grade is established for a tire that is properly
inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or
excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause
heat buildup and possible tire failure.

Emission Controls
Sources of Emissions
The combustion process produces carbon monoxide, oxides of
nitrogen, and hydrocarbons. The evaporation of fuel in the fuel tank
also produces hydrocarbons. Control of oxides of nitrogen and
hydrocarbons is very important since, under certain conditions,
when subjected to sunlight, they react to form photochemical smog.
Carbon monoxide does not react to form smog, but it is toxic.
The Clean Air Act
The Clean Air A c t * requires all vehicle manufacturers to explain in
writing the operation and maintenance of their emission control
Maintenance instructions are included on pages 110—112; the
operation of each system is explained below and on the following
Replacement Parts
The emission control systems on your new Honda were designed,
built and certified to conform with the Federal regulations
implementing the Clean Air Act. Honda recommends only the use of
new, Genuine Honda parts or their equivalent. The use of other
replacement parts which are not of equivalent quality may impair
the effectiveness of your car's emission control systems.
Crankcase Emission Control System
To prevent crankcase emissions, your car is equipped with a
Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) System which routes blowby
gases from the crankcase, through the Positive Crankcase
Ventilation valve and intake manifold, into the combustion chamber.
Evaporative Emission Control System
The Evaporative Emission Control System is designed to prevent
fuel vapors from escaping into the atmosphere.
Fuel vapors from the fuel tank are directed into the evaporative
emission control canister where they are adsorbed and stored while
the engine is stopped or idling. When the engine coolant
temperature rises to a certain value, the vapors are drawn into the
engine through the throttle body and the intake manifold during
normal engine operation.
* In Canada, Honda vehicles comply with the Canadian Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) on Emissions valid at the time
they are manufactured.


Emission Controls (cont'd)
Engine Exhaust Controls
The engine exhaust emission control systems are designed to
control combustion during idle, acceleration, cruise, and deceleration.
These systems are entirely separate from the crankcase and
evaporative emission control systems described previously.
PGM-FI System
The PGM-FI system on this model is a sequential multiport fuel
injection. The PGM-FI system consists of three independent subsystems; Air Intake, Engine Control, and Fuel Control, thus
allowing more accurate control of air/fuel ratios under all
operating conditions. The Engine Control Module (ECM) detects
the amount of air drawn into the cylinders and determines the
amount of fuel to be injected to provide the optimum air/fuel ratio
for all engine needs.
Ignition Timing Control System
This system automatically controls the ignition timing to reduce
the amount of HC and NOx.
Three Way Catalytic Converter
The catalyst is used to convert hydrocarbons (HC), carbon
monoxide (CO) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) in the exhaust gas,
to carbon dioxide (CO2), dinitrogen (N 2 ) and water vapor.
Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) System
The EGR system is designed to control the formation of oxides of
nitrogen (NOx) caused when fuel mixture burns at high
temperature. It works by recirculating exhaust gas through the
Exhaust Gas Recirculation valve and intake manifold into the
combustion chambers where it reduces peak temperature by
diluting the air/fuel mixture.

Three Way Catalytic Converter
A three way catalytic converter is installed in the exhaust system to
help clean-up the harmful exhaust gases that can cause air pollution.
To be effective, the three way catalytic converter must work at
high temperature, so don't park your car over dry grass, leaves or
anything else that could burn easily.
To stay effective, the three way catalytic converter must not be
contaminated by leaded gasoline; use only unleaded gasoline as
explained on page 92 .



The three way catalytic converter can be overheated and
damaged if it's fed too much unburned fuel mixture from the
engine, so:
— Don't push or tow the car to start it; if the battery is dead, jump
start the car as shown on page 154.
— Don't turn the key off while the engine is running above idle
— Don't change the ignition timing, or remove any emission control
— Use only the spark plugs specified in this manual.
— Don't keep driving your car if it isn't running properly, or if its
CHARGING system light comes on; have it checked by your
Honda dealer.

Warranty Service
Warranty (US Cars)
The following warranties are provided with every new vehicle:
1. New Car Limited Warranty
2. Emission Control Systems Defects Warranty
3. Emissions Performance Warranty
4. Original Equipment Battery Limited Warranty
5. Rust Perforation Limited Warranty
6. Accessory Limited Warranty
7. Replacement Parts Limited Warranty
8. Replacement Muffler Lifetime Limited Warranty
9. Seat Belt Limited Warranty
10. Replacement Battery Limited Warranty
Your car's original tires are covered by their manufacturer. Tire
warranty information is in a separate tire warranty booklet.
All warranty details pertaining to your car can be found in the
Warranty booklet provided with your new car except the required
maintenance schedule which is contained here in the Owner's
If you are unable to obtain warranty service or are dissatisfied with
the warranty decision or service you received at an authorized
Honda dealership, you should review the matter with that
dealership's Service Manager. This will normally resolve your
problem. If it does not resolve your problem you should appeal the
decision with the owner of the dealership. Please bear in mind that
your problem will likely be resolved at the dealership, using the
dealer's facilities, equipment, and personnel. So it is very important
that your initial contact be with the dealer or his management.

After following these steps, if you wish to have the matter
reviewed by American Honda you should contact the Zone Office
serving your area, as shown on the map on the inside of the back
cover. When contacting American Honda, please provide the Zone
Office with the following information:
Vehicle Identification Number
Servicing Dealer Name and Address
Date of Purchase
Mileage on your Car
Your Name, Address, and Phone Number
Nature of Problem
Selling Dealer
After a review of the facts, you will be advised of what can be done.
(Canada Cars)
Please refer to the 1993 Warranty and Maintenance Guide that
came with your car.

Reporting Safety Defects
(US Cars)
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a
crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in
addition to notifying American Honda Motor Co., Inc..
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation,
and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it
may order a recall and remedy campaign.
However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems
between you, your dealer, or American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline tollfree at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington, D.C. area) or
write to:
NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation
Washington, D.C. 20590.
You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety
from the Hotline.


See "Supplemental
Restraint System"
Air Conditioning
Care........................................ 141
Operation.................................. 64
Air Cleaner................................... 129
Air Pressure, Tires ...................... 137
Aluminum Alloy Wheels.............. 145
Antenna.......................................... 73
Cleaning.................................. 144
Antifreeze ..... See "Engine coolant"
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)..... 34
Anti-lock Brake Fluid ............. 126
ABS Indicator........................... 41
Anti-theft Radio............................. 91
Anti-theft Steering Column Lock
System ..................................... 96
Appearance Care ........................ 143
Ashtrays ......................................... 58
Audio System................................. 72
Automatic Transmission
Driving Technique.................. 104
Fluid......................................... 121
Operation ............................... 103
Shift Lever Position Indicator. 38

Charging System Light................ 39
Jump Starting ........................ 154
Maintenance........................... 132
Specification.......................... 159
Beeper System
Fasten Seat Belt Beeper...........12
Key Reminder........................... 96
Light Reminder Chime............. 49
Belt,Seat ..........................................
See "The Seat Belt System"
Beverage Holder............................. 57
Body Repair.................................. 147
Brake System Light....................... 41
Anti-lock Brake System
(ABS)..................................... 34
Anti-lock Brake Fluid............. 126
ABS Indicator........................... 41
Brake System Light................. 41

Brake Fluid.............................. 126
Brake System Design ............ 125
Brake Wear ............................ 125
Brake Wear Indicators........... 125
Parking Brake........................... 54
Parking Brake Light.................. 41
Break-in Period...................... .......... 2
Replacement.......................... 135
Specification .......................... 159
Buzzer........... See "Beeper System"

Capacities..................................... 158
Care and Cleaning........................ 143
Certification Label....................... 160
Chains, Tires................................. 138
Check Engine Light........................ 40
Child Proof Door Locks ................... 5
Child Safety ........................... 2 7 - 3 3
Child Seat Locking Clip............ 32
Child Seat Storage................... 33
Guidelines......................... 2 8 - 3 1
Infant Seats.............................. 29
Safety Reminders .................... 28
Seating Location ...................... 27
Tethers ..................................... 33
Toddler Seats........................... 30
Cigarette Lighter............................ 58
Clock............................................... 56
Clutch Fluid................................... 127
COMPACT Spare Tire................. 148
Coolant Temperature Gauge ........ 37
Cooling (with A/C).......................... 64
Cooling System............................ 122
Crankcase Emission Control
System ................................... 163
Cruise Control
Indicator. .................................. 38
Operation.................................. 52

Daytime Running Light (DRL)........ 51
DRL Indicator............................ 42
Defogger......................................... 47
Defroster........................................ 67
Dimmer Switch, Headlights.......... 49
Door Mirror Defoggers.................. 47


Index (cont'd)
Child Proof Door Lock ............... 5
Power Door Locks..................... 4
Warning Light........................... 43

Changing Flat Tire .................. 150
Hazard Warning System ......... 50
If Your Car Gets Stuck.......... 157
Jump Starting ........................ 154
Towing.................................... 156
Warning and Indicator Lights.. 38
Emission Controls...... ................. 164
Engine Coolant............................. 122
Coolant.................................... 122
Coolant Temperature Gauge .. 37
Exhaust Controls................... 164
Identification Number............ 160
Low Oil Pressure Light............ 40
Oil and Filter............................ 117
Specification .......................... 159
Engine Exhaust Gas Warning........ 99
Evaporative Emission Control
System................................... 163
Exhaust Gas Recirculation.......... 164
Exterior Care ............................... 144

Engine Oil................................ 118
Fuel.......................................... 129
Fluid.................................... See " O i l "
Foreign Countries,Operation in .... 93
Front Seat
Adjustment................................. 6
Head Restraints......................... 7
Fill Door and Cap...................... 94
Filter........................................ 129
Gasohol..................................... 92
Gasoline .................................... 92
Low Fuel Indicator................... 41
Requirement............................. 92

Checking and Replacing........ 133
Specification.......................... 159

Gasoline........................... See " F u e l "
Gas Station Information. Back cover
Gauges............................................ 36
Glove Box....................................... 56

Hazard Warning System ............... 50
Flasher...................................... 49
High Beam Indicator................. 38
High Beam/Low Beam Switch
Reminder Chime ...................... 49
Switch ..................................... 49
Head Restraints................................ 7
Heating............................................ 65
High Beam Indicator....................... 38
High Beam
Indicator.................................... 38
Switch ...................................... 49
Hood Latch...................................... 54

Identification Numbers................ 160
Keys............................................ 3
Switch ..................................... 96
Ignition Switch Light...................... 50
Important Safety Reminders
............................................ 11, 20, 28
Indicator Lights .............................. 38
Inflation Pressures, Tire.............. 137
Instrument Panel............................ 35
Instrument Panel Brightness Control
Interior Light................................... 51
Interior Trim Care........................ 143

Jack .............................................. 150
Jump Starting .............................. 154

Door Locks................................. 3
Glove Box ................................. 56
Ignition ...................................... 96
Key Reminder Beeper ............. 96
Keys............................................ 3
Trunk Lock ................................. 5

Lap Belt........................................... 13
Lap/Shoulder Belt.......................... 12
Bulb Replacement.................. 135
Daytime Running Lights .......... 51
Fuse Replacement................. 133
Light Reminder Chime............. 49
Operation.................................. 49
Warning and Indicator Light.... 38
Anti-theft Steering Column Lock
Child Proof Door Locks ............. 5
Fuel Fill Door............................. 94
Glove Box ................................. 56
Power Door Lock....................... 4
Trunk........................................... 5
Lumbar Support............................... 8

Indicator.................................... 44
Records .................................. 113
Schedule................................. 110
Malfunction Indicator Lamp.......... 40
Manual Transmission
Maximum Allowable Speeds
........................................... 101
Oil............................................ 120
Recommended Shift Speeds
Shifting ................................... 100
Meters, Gauges......... See "Gauges"
Door Mirror Defoggers ............ 47
Manual Mirrors ......................... 48
Power Mirrors.......................... 48

Rearview Mirrors..................... 48
If the Moonroof Won't Close.. 71
Maintenance............................. 71
Operation.................................. 70

Numbers, Identification............... 160

Octane Rating,
Gasoline..................... See "Fuel"
Odometer....................................... 36
Clutch Fluid............................. 127
Engine Oil................................ 117
Fluid Locations....................... 116
Low Oil Pressure Light............ 40
Power Steering Fluid ............. 128
Transmission Oil/Fluid ........... 120
Operation In Foreign Countries .... 93

Panel Brightness Control............... 50
Parking Brake................................. 54
Check Engine Light.................. 40
Malfunction Indicator Lamp.... 40
System ................................... 164
Door Locks................................. 4
Mirrors ...................................... 48
Steering................................... 128
Windows................................... 55
Pressures, Tire Inflation.............. 137
Preventive Service...................... 146

Radio ............................................... 72
Rearview Mirrors........................... 48
Rear Window Defogger................. 47
Reminder Lights
................... See "Warning lights"


Index (cont'd)
Air Cleaner.............................. 129
Bulbs....................................... 135
Engine Coolant....................... 123
Engine Oil................................ 118
Fuel Filter................................ 129
Fuses ....................................... 133
Oil Filter................................... 118
Spark Plugs ............................ 130
Tires........................................ 139
Wiper Blades.......................... 131
Rust Prevention........................... 145

Safety Defects, Reporting.......... 168
Safety Indicator Lights.................. 43
Safety Items................................... 98
Seat-back Position......................... 24
Seat Belt System........................... 11
Components............................. 12
Lap/Shoulder Belt.............. 12, 14
Lap Belt.............................. 13, 16
Maintenance............................. 18
Operation.................................. 11
Pregnant Women..................... 18
Safety Reminders ....... 11, 24-26
Warning Lights and Beeper..... 12
Seat Heater.................................... 69
Driver's Center Armrest........... 8
Driver's Lumbar Support.......... 8
Front Seat................................... 6
Head Restraints.......................... 7
Heater....................................... 69
Rear Seat Armrest..................... 8
Trunk Access from Rear Seat.. 9
Shift Lever Position Indicator....... 38
Automatic .............................. 102
5-Speed Manual..................... 100
Spare Tire
Changing a Flat Tire ............... 150
COMPACT Spare Tire........... 148
Specifications......................... 158
Spark Plugs.................................. 130
Specifications .............................. 158
Speedometer................................. 36
SRS Indicator................................. 42
Starting the Engine ........................ 97

Anti-theft Column Lock .......... 96
Power Steering...................... 128
Tilt Steering.............................. 45
Stereo Sound System
Operation.................................. 72
Stuck Car..................................... 157
Sunshade........................................ 70
Supplemental Restraint
System(SRS).................... 1 9 - 2 3
Components............................. 20
Indicator Light........................... 22
Operation.................................. 21
Safety Reminders.................... 20
System Service........................ 23
Precautions........................... 23

Tachometer.................................... 36
Temperature Gauge, Coolant....... 37
The Seat Belt System and
How it Works........................... 11
Advice For Pregnant Women . 18
Important Safety Reminders ..11
Lap Belt..................................... 13
Lap/Shoulder Belt.................... 12
Seat Belt Maintenance ............ 18
Seat Belt System Components
Wearing Seat Belts Properly... 13
Wearing the Lap Belt............... 16
Wearing the Lap/Shoulder Belt
Why Wear Seat Belts.............. 11
Three Way Catalytic Converter
................................................. 165
Tilt Steering.................................... 45
Air Pressure ........................... 137
Balancing................................ 140
Chains..................................... 138
Changing a Flat Tire ............... 150
COMPACT Spare .................. 148
DOT Tire Quality Grades ...... 161
Inflation Pressures................. 137
Requirement........................... 161
Rotation.................................. 140
Snow Tires............................. 138
Spare Tire............................... 148
Specification .......................... 158

Tools............................................. 150
Towing.......................................... 156
Towing a Trailer........................... 105
Capacity.................................. 158
Identification Number............ 160
Oil/Fluid................................... 120
Shifting the Automatic.......... 102
Shifting the Manual................ 100
Tread Wear.................................. 161
Trip Meter...................................... 36
Access From Rear Seat............ 9
Lid................................................ 5
Lid Warning Light..................... 43
Turn Signals.................................... 49

Vehicle Identification Number ... 160
Ventilation...................................... 59

Warning Lights............................... 38
Warranty Service........................ 166
Reservoir Capacity.................. 46
Windshield Washer.................. 46
Washing........................................ 144
Waxing......................................... 144
Wearing Seat Belts Properly ........ 13
Wearing the Lap Belt .................... 16
Wearing the Lap/Shoulder Belt.... 14
Wheels.......................................... 145
Appearance Care .................. 143
Power Windows ...................... 55
Windshield Defogger..................... 47
Windshield Washer....................... 46
Windshield Wipers ........................ 46
Wiper Blades................................ 131
Wipers............................................ 46

Your Occupant Protection
System...................................... 10

Authorized Manuals
Purchasing Factory Authorized Manual (U.S. only)
The following publications covering the operation and servicing of your
vehicle can be obtained from Helm Incorporated, either by filling out the
reverse side of this form or, for credit card holders, calling the toll-free
phone number on the form. For manuals prior to the year shown below,
contact Helm Inc., P.O. Box 07280, Detroit, Michigan 48207, or
call (313) 883-1430.






Service Manual
This manual covers maintenance and recommended procedures for
repair to engine and chassis components. It is written for the journeyman
mechanic, but is simple enough for most mechanically-inclined owners to
Electrical Troubleshooting Manual
This manual compliments the Service Manual by providing in-depth
troubleshooting information for each electrical circuit in your car.
Body Repair Manual
This manual describes the procedures involved in the replacement of
damaged body parts.

Authorized Manuals
Valid only for sales within the U.S. Canadian owners should contact their
authorized Honda dealer.

By completing this form you can order the materials desired. You can pay by check or money
order, or charge to your credit card. Mail to Helm, Incorporated at the address shown below.

P.O. BOX 07280



Zone Office Locations

Western Zone
P.O. Box 2260
700 Van Ness Avenue
Torrance, California
(310) 781-4565
Northwestern Zone
P.O. Box 20186
12439 N.E. Airport Way
Portland, Oregon 97220
(503) 256-0943
(also includes Alaska
and Hawaii)
South Central Zone
4529 Royal Lane
Irving, Texas 75063

Central Zone
101 South Stanfield Road
Troy, Ohio 45373
(513) 332-6250

North Central Zone
601 Campus Drive, Suite A-9
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
(847) 870-5600

Northeastern Zone
P.O. Box 337
Eastgate Industrial Park
115 Gaither Drive
Moorestown, New Jersey 08057
(609) 235-5533
Includes: NYC Metro area and
Fairfield County, CT area

New England Zone
555 Old County Road
Windsor Locks, Connecticut 06096
(203) 623-3310
See Zone 5 for: NYC Metro area
and Fairfield County, CT area

Mid-Atlantic Zone
902 Wind River Ln., Suite 200
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
(301) 990-2020
Southeastern Zone
1500 Morrison Parkway
Alpharetta, Georgia 30201
(770) 442-2045

West Central Zone
1600 South Abilene Street, Suite D
Aurora, Colorado 80012
(303) 696-3935
Puerto Rico and U.S. V.I.
Bella International
P.O. Box 190816
San Juan, PR 00919-0816
(809) 250-8070

The above addresses and telephone numbers are subject to change. If you
cannot reach your Zone office, ask your Honda dealer for the current

Canada Zone Office Map





Western Zone
Honda Canada Inc.
13240 Worster Court
Richmond, B.C.
V6V 2B8
(604) 278-7121

Quebec Zone
Honda Canada Inc.
1750 rue Eiffel
Boucherville, Quebec
J4B 7W1
(514) 655-6161

Central Zone
Honda Canada Inc.
126 Milner Avenue
Scarborough, Ontario
M1S 3R2
(416) 299-3400

Atlantic Zone
Honda Canada Inc.
800 Windmill Road
Dartmouth, N.S.
B3B 1L1
(902) 468-4416

Gas Station Information

Pump octane of 86 or higher.

Fuel Tank-Capacity 64.5

(17.04 US gal, 14.19 Imp gal)

Tire Pressure (measured cold) front/rear
US: DX/LX, Canada: LX/EX
200 kPa (29 psi)
US: EX/SE/Anniversary Edition, Canada: EX-R/SE
220 kPa (32 psi)
COMPACT spare tire, 415 kPa (60 psi)
Other Tire Information Label on driver's door jamb
Hood Release Pull handle under left side of dash.
Engine Oil Use "Energy Conserving II" SG grade oil.
5W-30 preferred (see page 118 for complete
viscosity recommendations).
Capacity (including filter):
3.8 (4.0 US qt, 3.3 Imp qt)
5-Speed Manual Transmission Oil
Use SF or SG grade oil.
10W-30 or 10W-40 Preferred (see page 121 for
complete viscosity recommendations).
Capacity (including differential):
(2.0 US qt, 1.7 Imp qt)
Automatic Transmission Fluid
Honda Premium Formula Automatic Transmission
Fluid or an equivalent DEXRON ® II type
Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF).
Capacity (including differential):
2.4 (2.5 US qt, 2.1 Imp qt)
Power Steering Fluid
Use only GENUINE HONDA Power Steering Fluid-V:
do not use ATF or any other brand of power steering
fluid because it will damage the system.
1919 Torrance Blvd., Torrance California 90501

1992 Honda Motor Co., Ltd. - All Rights Reserved


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